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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: St. Augustine, FL 32092
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+1 904-940-0664

The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis....

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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If I were animal this is where I would want to live!

I have visited the St. Augustine Wild Reserve many times over the years. Every time someone new visits my husband & I, this is one of our go to spots for our guests. Deborah and... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited the St. Augustine Wild Reserve many times over the years. Every time someone new visits my husband & I, this is one of our go to spots for our guests. Deborah and her staff are wonderful. The love and compassion they have for these great animals is clearly obvious. Plan to be surprised at how close you... More 

Thank Teri A
Coral Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a nonprofit exotic animal sanctuary and has some 400 animals- like lions, tigers,, leopards, panthers, bears and even a liger (cross or offspring of lion and tiger). This is home of last resort for some exotics.

Thank 387indy
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The St. Augustine Wild Reserve was by far my favorite vacation experience. It was not only breathtaking to be so close to such beautiful animals, but it also felt good to know that I was participating in something that helps animals rather than harms them. Nothing can really compare to watching tigers play in bubble bath. The staff members were... More 

Thank Autumn K
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've always seen the great reviews this got and I had to see it for myself. It definitely did not disappoint. It's a beautiful facility with amazing animals. There is a wide variety of amazing animals and you get a first hand look of each. They have lions, tigers, bears, panthers, leopards as well as hyenas, foxes and wolves. The... More 

Thank James A
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The animals were primarily large cats; different species of tigers and lions. As other reviewers stated, it is obvious that the volunteers and handlers love these animals. Safety was number one but most of the animals allowed their handlers to pet, scratch.and play with them. It seems the animals have a sense of humor by splashing handlers during their "bubble... More 

Thank Judith S
Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly! There were many lions and tigers with interesting stories.

Thank romantic16th
Palm Bay, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I had a really nice time walking through the reserve. We really enjoyed hearing each animals individual story, they were just amazing animals to see. I love how there are still people out there with kind hearts that care for these animals! if they did not have them they would have no where to go!! I loved... More 

Thank _racheltenreiro
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was amazing! To be able to see these majestic animal so up close was a true honor. Marti and all the volunteers were great and very knowledgeable on all the animals there. You could tell they all deeply care about them and their well being. This place is a must see if you are in St. Augustine!

Thank Brandon L
Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing tour of the non-profit sanctuary and lots of information about the animals there. I never realized that there were so many kinds of tigers! You will be able to get pretty close to them and will appreciate how BIG they are. It was hot the day of our tour, but water, cold washcloths and a chance to sit... More 

Thank Two2FortheRoad
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lions and Tigers and Bears... Oh My! Driving up to this sanctuary, you feel like you took a wrong turn into someones neighborhood. But once you enter the gates it is amazing! The tour guide is incredible knowledgeable and you are literally 5 feet away from huge animals. I highly recommend it.

Thank Jill W

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