One of the best things about going to see all the amazing and beautiful animals at Carson Springs, is that you can feel good doing so. This is no average zoo or menagerie. Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an exotic animal refuge that rescues abandoned and abused animals. They also provide homes for endangered species as well as rehabilitating native species
The facility is fully licensed by Alachua County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. They are also members of The Zoological Association of America and The Feline Conservation Federation.
Carson Springs strives to not only meet but exceed the minimum standards set for caring for these animals. Enclosures at the facility are clean, expansive, and on natural grass, with trees and bushes. All the occupants receive varied, nutritious diets and clean fresh water for optimum health.
Meet the Animals at Carson Springs
The Gainesville refuge currently hosts over 100 different animals, all of which are considered rare and endangered. Many are big cats like African lions, cheetahs, tigers, pumas, lynx, caracal, serval, and bobcats.
It’s not all cats, however. The facility is also home to creatures like warthogs, oryx, giraffes, tortoises, owls, and much more. You never know who you might meet there!
Guided tours of Carson Springs are available by advance appointment only. The suggested donation for your tour is $25 per adult, $5 for children aged 5 and under.
Tours of the facility get you up close and personal with many of the animals. Visitors are often treated to feedings of the animals and you’ll learn a lot about them from your guide. You may also want to wait for one of the many special events held at Carson Springs throughout the year.
November 29-30, 2019, 10am to 1pm
Celebrate your Thanksgiving Holiday with a special visit to Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Meet over 100 rare and exotic animals with a professional zoologist guide. Enjoy warthog races, big cat feedings – and a chance to feed a rhino! Reservations required. Learn more.
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
8528 E. County Rd 225, Gainesville, FL 32609
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