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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Gainesville

(110+ reviews on the web)
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Founded by Christine and Barry Janks who donate their time and land to the animals. There are no paid administration employees. 100% of all donations goes directly to animal care, food and housing.
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  • Our visit to this incredible preserve was special for our whole family. With extremely close up access to the animals, who are lovingly cared for, we were able to observe and learn about them in an in...  more »
  • Very knowledgeable staff that clearly care about the animals. Wide variety of animals to see. This is a wonderful place to visit! I highly recommend!  more »
  • We went with a friends and family on a Sat. There was a small tour of about 10-15 of us. The guide was super knowledgeable with the ability to tell us the story of how each animal got there. The anima...  more »
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  • I was really pleased​ with the size and all the animals they have there. They keep the animals clean and they look well taken care of. We spend the whole morning there. Bring your own lunch if you plan to eat there, they sell drinks but no food.
  • Informative, fun tour led by knowledgeable staff. The animals are healthy and well cared for. Donations go directly to animal care; this is a very reputable foundation. Worthy of a visit, great for adults and children. Carson Springs is one of Gainesville's hidden gems.
  • Our family greatly enjoyed our tour of the refuge. The tour was on foot, and we were able to get very close to many of the rescued animals. The whole setup was very accommodating of small children, allowing them to have a unique animal experience while safely separated by the enclosures and the fences around the viewing areas. The staff was friendly and the owners were even on hand, greeting and interacting with visitors. Be careful of the directions provided by GPS navigation systems; ours led us to a locked gate on a dirt road. The actual entrance is on the main road, has a sign, and an automatic gate. Use he directions on the website. Drive slowly and follow the signs once through the gate.
  • What a hidden gem! I brought a group of 20-30 adults and toddle's and we had the best time!!! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Carson Springs is a beautiful, large facility. The staff is very knowledgeable and well spoken, and the animals are healthy!