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For an up-close look at exotic animals, check out the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. This nonprofit sanctuary was established in 1995 as a care center for rescued and unwanted exotic animals. Mountain lions, bears, ligers and leopards are just some of the animals housed here. Notable residents include five arctic wolves and an African lion that once belonged to Michael Jackson.
Previous visitors praised the St. Augustine Wild Reserve for its treatment of the animals and informative volunteers. Though you may want to take pictures of the animals, leave the camera at your hotel since photography (including cellphone photography) is not allowed at the property.
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is situated 16 miles northwest of central St. Augustine; it's best to drive and free parking is provided on-site. To visit the facility, travelers will need to reserve a tour on the property's website. Tours, which are about two hours long, are scheduled on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6 to 10. Kids 5 and younger can visit for free. All entrance fees include a walk-through of the reserve and a CD with photos of the animals. On hot days, cold water and wet towels are provided to all visitors. A nine-seat golf cart is also available for handicapped guests.
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