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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

#3 of 187 things to do in St. Augustine Features Animals
St. Augustine, FL 32092
+1 904-940-0664
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Incredible Experience

Close up encounter with BIG CATS as well as many other animals of the wild! Expert staff was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
KRobbins2017
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Bedford, Indiana
Love of Animals

My wife and I visited on 7/15. We were awestruck at the animals and how much they are loved and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in advance. Tours are held in the afternoon, usually on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Email as far in advance as possible to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. We may be able to schedule a tour on a different day, if we know far enough in advance. Guests will be given a guided tour of the 7-acre animal compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the species arrived at our sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed a close-up view of the exotic animals. Guests will be able to venture closer to adult African lions than they ever imagined. Also on the tour will be our amazing white tigers, several orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, lynxes, leopards, hyenas, coati mundis, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white. We also have a large bird collection, which includes conures, macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds, and even parakeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, doves, quail and finches. We feed all of the big cats on the tour on most days, and set up a tiger bubblebath for one pair of tigers. We do not allow photography at this compound, however, we do offer a fabulous 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. Thank you!
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St. Augustine, FL 32092
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Close up encounter with BIG CATS as well as many other animals of the wild! Expert staff was knowledgeable and engaging. Don't miss this if you are in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area!

Thank KRobbins2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited on 7/15. We were awestruck at the animals and how much they are loved and cared for at the reserve. Florida is hot in July, and the day of our tour was no exception. The staff was great, even gave...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is crazy. If you want to stand 5 feet away from a tiger, lion, or liger while they eat raw meat...this is the only place I know of that can make that happen. It's basically a walking tour which takes you from cage...More

Thank Vaughan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

These are animals that were from abusive or illegal businesses and homes. Yes, you read correctly, homes. At least one lion or tiger was purchased as a pet and lived in a garage until neighbors notified Florida Wildlife. They are well cared for by the...More

Thank Jill L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I would do again. Probably one of the coolest places where you can have close interactions with animals you would never see anywhere else. If you're ever in florida I highly recommend. .

Thank Gregarious C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For animal lovers there is no better place to experience wild animals (lions, tigers, and bears oh my!) up close and personal. These are magnificent creatures that I one wanted and this sanctuary gave them a home. These beautiful creatures are a must see. The...More

Thank cornacchiadm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best wild animal reserve places I have been able to visit. The animals are well cared for and love their caretakers. I really enjoyed watching the tigers play in their water tubs and "stalk & splash" the workers. Deborah and...More

Thank JanaStuttard
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our teenage granddaughter here because of the great reviews on trip advisor. We live in central Florida and were not aware of this reserve. We all enjoyed this unique experience and were very very impressed by the volunteer workers at the reserve.. The...More

Thank lucindaCocoaFl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No better way to see some of these big cats and wolves than here. You get to be within feet of them. We were fortunate enough to visit when there were new wolf cubs and were happy to pay a little extra for the once...More

4  Thank Niles T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the St. Augustine Wild Reserve! Seeing these spectacular animals so up close was unforgettable. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful and made the experience so enjoyable. They are very accommodating for questions and told great stories about all the animals. It was...More

2  Thank Angela G
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Response from cornacchiadm | Reviewed this property |
Mon, Wed, and Sat 2pm tours. Must pre-order tickets
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msruthmcc
2 June 2017|
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Response from Max C | Reviewed this property |
Yes this is both wheel chair accessible and they have an open-air vehicle for people to ride along - either start to finish or if the need arises.
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Kim G
2 March 2017|
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Response from Thorin O | Property representative |
Hello. Cost of our tours is $30.00 per person. Children 10 and under are admitted for only $20.00 per child. Children 5 and under are admitted at no charge.
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