This week’s blog features a “wildly” popular local attraction up near the World Golf Village, but you’re going to have to leave your golf clubs at home along with your cameras too!
If you haven’t been to the St Augustine Wild Reserve, I highly recommend you add it to your “to visit” list and visit with family and friends as we did on May 21st to celebrate my sister Marjorie’s 81st birthday. The Fallon Party were 12 strong including my great niece Sophia and my great great nephew Camron, who was a very good boy and loved all the “Big Cats” especially my personal favorite “Java” who’s featured in my blog today. I borrowed the following from the Reserve’s web page as it clearly states their Mission and a brief bio of the reserve’s founder, Deborah Warrick.
You can find out everything you need to know at: StAugustineWildReserve.org
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a non-profit corporation created as a rescue center for unwanted exotic animals. Many individuals obtain an exotic pet, only to realize that the animal’s wild nature doesn’t fit into their life (or their household) as they expected. This is where we come in. The Reserve will take in unwanted exotic animals as an alternative 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 our animals were confiscated by wildlife agencies from individuals who held these animals without proper state permits, or who starved their animals, maintaining them in inferior conditions. Five Arctic wolves and an African lion were received from Michael Jackson, who no longer wanted them at his ranch near Santa Barbara. The Founder of the Reserve, Deborah Warrick, has worked with exotic animals all of her life, having received extensive training at the Los Angeles Zoo. She has received her AA Degree, and B.S. Degree in Holistic Nutrition to better care for the animals’ nutritional needs. She earned her B.S. degree in Biology in 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
We do not allow photography at the Reserve, which we believe irritates some of the animals. We do, however, offer a photographic CD of all of the animals, available at the end of each tour. Our goal is to educate the public about exotic animal ownership, to prevent future animal abuse. We 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.