Get Wild At Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation!

April 14th, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, FlCarson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an exotic animal refuge in Gainesville, Florida. Take a tour of their facility and meet more than 70 different exotic animals all in one amazing place!

Christine and Barry Janks founded the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in 2003. Their mission was a simple one: they wanted to house and rehabilitate abandoned, abused, and/or endangered exotic and native animals. Further, they hoped to help educate their visitors about these wonderful animals and the role they play.

From the looks of things, it would seem they succeeded!

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation currently houses over 70 animals representing 25 different species. Unlike many facilities, here they go above and beyond the minimum standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

None of the animals at the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation live a life on concrete. Instead, all the enclosures are on natural grass, with trees and bushes. Diets are carefully maintained, the cages cleaned daily, the health and well-being of the animals constantly monitored.

The efforts are notable in the attitude of the animals housed here. They are bright-eyed, active, and seem both curious and happy. This is all pretty amazing when you realize that Carson Springs has no paid administration employees and no State or Federal funding. The foundation is totally dependant on donations and 100% of all donations go directly to the care of the animals.

When you tour Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, you’ll meet and learn about the many different animals living at the facility. What kind of animals will you see?

Feeding a giraffe at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

My daughter feeding a giraffe at Carson Springs.

Carson Springs has lots of big cats: African lions, cheetahs, tigers, pumas, lynx, and even caracal are here! It’s not all just big cats, though. You’ll also see lemur, giraffe, oryx, and marshbuck. They even have owls, emu, and tortoise!

If you love wild animals and want see them up close and personal in a sensible, caring environment, visit Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville!

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

8528 E. County Rd 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
Two hour guided tours are available Monday through Saturday at 10am with advanced booking. Private tours also available by advanced appointment. To schedule a tour of the facility, email, Closed Sundays.
You can visit Carson Springs online at or follow them on Facebook.

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