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McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, West Palm Beach

(4.9/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
A sanctuary for both local and exotic species, McCarthy's 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 McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary by using our West Palm Beach vacation planner.
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  • Interaction between guides and animals was amazing. The relationships were heartfelt. Very up close and personal experience. We visited at noon and followed up with a trip to the Palm Beach zoo which ...  more »
  • So interesting to hear how you rescued so many beautiful cats! Make an appt ahead of time to enjoy a tour with a small group.  more »
  • Visited this place with my wife today, it is amazing ,so clean the animals are all rescue animals, and so well taken care of. I've been to so many zoos in my lifetime but nothing compares to this expe...  more »
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  • PLEASE HELP- WE NEED TO SHUT DOWN DADE CITY WILD THINGS! THE ANIMALS NEED YOUR LOVE AND HELP MCCARTHY'S! I've sent you more info on FB but you can search DCWT or #SHUTDOWNDCWT! So many abused big cats who NEED your help!!!!
  • What a Great Place to visit!! The place is so well designed and clean for the lucky animals that live there. It is amazing the work this couple has acomplished in their back yard. Our Guide BRidge was wonderful and the 2 hour went by quickly as she introduced us to all the beautiful creatures who reside there. Great Job to everyone! !
  • For $35/adult, this 2 hour tour around the sanctuary cannot be beat! You will see exotic animals ranging from birds to primates, big cats to big snakes. They are a great institution that acts as a "Plan B" for animal control who find these exotic animals in the wild or in possession of owners.
  • I loved it! The tour guide Brie was amazing. She explained everything well and took her time with each animal. As we walked through the park she told us the story of how each animal came to the sanctuary and that she's happy to have them whether it is temporary until they are released into the wild or becoming a permanent resident. She also mentioned how she interacted with each animal on a routinely basis and she was working on developing stronger bonds with certain animals. She also went one by one making sure everyone had a turn to see, touch or hold the animals.
  • Definitely worth the money. We saw some amazing animals, and the sanctuary does great work and rehabbing exotic animals. It was a 2 hour tour for only $35. The money goes towards supporting the animals. Go and support them!