St. Augustine Wild Reserve
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve provides visitors with a rare opportunity to see wild animals up close. This facility houses over 50 large mammals ranging from tigers, lions, and leopards to bears, hyenas, ligers, and wolves. There are also over 30 smaller mammal species, including coati mundis, white-tailed deer, and various barnyard animals (geese, turkeys, and chickens).
Unlike a zoo that is open to the public at all times, the Wild Reserve offers only pre-booked tours of their facility. Tours are offered on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 2 p.m., for a donation of $30 per person. Children ages three to 10 are admitted for $20, and kids two and under are free. A special VIP tour is available at noon on Fridays for $60 per person. These are walking tours that take one and a half to two hours to complete and must be reserved in advance. They also offer a 9-person limo cart for guests who have trouble walking.
The tour of the seven-acre facility is led by an experienced wildlife professional. Visitors can enjoy close-up views of the exotic animals, including a "tiger bubble bath" in one of the tiger habitats, and information about the biology of each species and how each animal came to the sanctuary. All of the big cats are fed on the tour.
The mission of the St. Augustine Wild Reserve is wildlife education and conservation. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Call to book a tour and for information about private tours.