St Augustine Wild ReserveCurrently Closed
- Address: St. Augustine, FL 32085, St Augustine, United States
- Timings: 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9049400664
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Wildlife Safari, Family And Kids, Nature
According to the Humane Society of the United States, trading in exotic pets is a multi-billion dollar industry, second only to drugs and weapons on the black market. This $15 billion dollar business has breeders and dealers selling animals over the internet or in trade magazines. Lots of animals are forced into the exotic pet trade every year to become someone's pet or entertain in a circus or roadside zoo. Poachers will often kill the protective mother first so that it's easier to capture the young and this happens when the animal is taken into captivity from the wild. Once these pets become, big or violent, the owners start physical abuse and want the problem taken off their hand. This is where St. Augustine Wild Reserve come in, they rescue these exotic animals and put them into protective care in the reserve.
Although baby animals might be cute and easy to maintain, they usually grow into unsafe adults with incontrollable needs. In the wild an exotic animal will travel miles in search of food, so life in a domestic milieu isn't going to satisfy their natural desires. As these poor animals grow, their needs for food and space increase immensely. At this stage, the once-loved pets often end up in cages where they are mistreated or injured. The pet owner realises that he does not have the money to feed his pet and leaves the poor animal to fate. This affects the behavioural pattern of the animal that can lead to bites and attacks.
According to the Humane Society of the U.S, all reptiles and amphibians carry salmonella, and pets like monkeys and African rodents often carry viruses like herpes B, monkey pox and rabies, all of which are highly contagious and actually fatal to humans. Removing wild animals from their natural habitat affects the delicate eco system which relies on these animals to a great extent.
The Reserve takes in unwanted exotic animals as an alternate to euthanasia. Some of the Reserve’s animals came from abusive homes. Two wolves were rescued when their owner was involved in a fatal auto accident. Many of the animals were confiscated by wildlife agencies from individuals who did not have proper state permits, or who starved their animals, keeping them in lower filthy conditions. Michael Jackson had to part ways with five Arctic wolves and an African lion that lived at his ranch near Santa Barbara. To Deborah Warrick, the founder of this reserve, this was her calling to protect and help these animals who were in dire strait. Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis.
They offer tours three times weekly by appointment only. Guests will be introduced to each species, told about the basic biology, and how the animal arrived at the sanctuary. Visitors will be allowed within 5-10 feet of the exotic animals, which are housed in secure habitats. Also on the tour will be the amazing white tigers, orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, coatimundis, cougars, lynxes, leopards, and a host of wolves ranging in colour from black to white.
They do not allow photography at the Reserve; it may irritate some of the animals. However a photographic CD of all of the animals is available at the end of each tour. Their goal is to educate the public about exotic animal ownership, to prevent future animal abuse. They transport various animals to schools, churches, and other outreach venues for educational presentations so that individuals may see what these animals are really like, dissuading them from obtaining such an animal as a pet.
- They are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although they do offer two-hour tours, reserved in advance.
- Tours are held in the afternoon, usually on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.
- Email as far in advance as possible to make reservations. Children under 5 are free.
- They may be able to schedule a tour on a different day, if they know in advance.
- Volunteer at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. Experience not necessary. They will train you in proper husbandry skills and animal handling.
- It is a non-profit organisation.
- They accept donations and has a web site for you to follow and donate.
- Guests will be able to venture closer to adult African lions than they ever imagined.
- They also have a large bird collection, which includes conures, macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds, and even parakeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, doves, quail and finches.
- They feed all of the big cats on the tour on most days, and set up a tiger bubble bath for one pair of tigers.
- They do not allow photography at this compound, however, but offer a Photo CD at the end of the tour for a small donation.
- You may photograph our beautiful peacocks, lovebirds and conures, which are outside of the compound near the guest waiting area.
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18.69% of people who visit St Augustine include St Augustine Wild Reserve in their plan
95% of people start their St Augustine Wild Reserve visit around 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see St Augustine Wild Reserve
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St Augustine Wild Reserve
Unbelievable how close you can get to these amazing big cats! All the animals there are beautiful and well taken care! If you've never been snarled at by a 300lbs Lion, here's your chance. Its unlike anything I've ever experienced. WAY better than any Zoo!
St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a fabulous experience. The staff are very knowledgeable and you get to be up closer to the animals than the zoo. I think the tour and experience is even better than any zoo I've been to. I love to watch the animals eat and that, ive never seen at a zoo. It is also a rescue for unwanted exotic big animals so every donation helps keep these beautiful animals healthy and happy! A great Christmas gift or family outing!
An incredible experience. Seeing these magnificent animals up close was breathtaking. Our tour guide, Sam, was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm was contagious. My fellow tour mates seemed to enjoy the experience as much as we did.
This was highlight of trip. Rescue animals well taken care of by volunteers who truly love them. Sam gave us the guided tour and she was very knowledgeable and animated about these beautiful creatures.
Completely tax deductible trip through this rescue sanctuary for exotic wild animals. You should go just to see the place! It is out in the middle of nowhere and looks like it belongs in a third world jungle. (Friendly non-solicited advice: You'll want to make sure to stop before you get there and go potty!)