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McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary, West Palm Beach

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A sanctuary for both local and exotic species, McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary has saved hundreds of injured, abused, or neglected animals. Sustained entirely on community funding, the sanctuary is an independent endeavor that strives to educate visitors about conservation and respect for animals. The zoo director frequently guides people through the animal habitats and provides an intimate introduction to birds of prey, large cats, and reptiles. You need a reservation to be admitted. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary by using our West Palm Beach vacation planner.
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  • A great way to support a wildlife sanctuary. Cara, our guide, was awesome. You could tell she genuinely loved her job. When we first arrived a woman was dropping off a baby bird for a rehab/release.  more »
  • Took my family today and LOVED IT!! Both of my kids are on the Spectrum and they both were so comfortable there. My daughter who is not very social, was up in front of the group at every stop and even...  more »
  • Our guide, Kara, was amazing. She knew all of the stories of how the animals came to be at the sanctuary. She spoke and interacted lovingly with all the animals. She was very knowledgeable about the a...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic! Have you ever gone to a zoo and thought "Man. I would love to pet that thing." WELL HERE YOU CAN! McCarthy's has been around for over 30 years rehabilitating and saving exotic wildlife. They provide tours and encourage interaction with the animals. The entrance fee might feel a little steep; but it is also a donation to allow them to continue to provide a home for every aviary, feline, and reptile there. Well worth every cent. Brie was our tour guide. She was positive, articulate, and knowledgeable. Instant favorite. LOVE HER.
  • We loved this place- it was perfect for our 6 and 9 year old boys. We were able to get so close to the animals and touch some. The guides seem very dedicated and gave wonderful tours. They seem to take fabulous care of the animals and love them very much.
  • If you are planning a trip to Palm Beach County this is a place you won't want to miss, but you must have a reservation. They only take small groups in to see the animals at any one time. You're up close and personal with all the wildlife, and the guides share interesting stories about each animal in the refuge.
  • Great guides and close to the animals. You even get to hold some. We loved it. Better than a zoo.
  • The animals always seem happy and well cared for and the staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about caring for them.