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Behind the Scenes Tours and Animal Experiences

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Animal Experiences

Wild Wonders is a private, wild animal refuge. Tours and Animal Experiences are by appointment only. You can request a date and time by filling in the form below.

SPECIAL OFFER: For all Experiences booked on Dec 2, Dec 9, or Dec 16, we are offering a holiday photo op with one of our Arctic Foxes for $15.  If you’re interested, add a note in the Comments field in the Reservation Request form below.

Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Our tours are intimate and educational and packed full with unique animal-encounters only Wild Wonders can offer. Each group is assigned their very own personal tour guide, led by one of our professional biologists and animal trainers. Your guide will introduce you to the wonders of many amazing animals and promises an experience of education and fun you will not forget. All tours take place at our wildlife education and conservation center, located on 5+ acres in Bonsall.

Want to bring a large group like a Scout Troop, a school field trip, or a group outing? Email us at wildwonders@att.net or call us at 760 620 9230 for pricing.

Duration: About 60 minutes

Age Requirement: None

Price: $150 for 5 people; additional people $30 each

Offered: Any day of the week between 9AM and 1PM

 

Meet and Feed a Bearcat, Wallaby Walkabout, or Cat Training 101

Bearcats are vegetarians, and you’ll get to give them some of their favorite treats, such as grapes or banana slices. You’ll also be able to touch their long dark fur. Our partner, Actictus Binturong Conservation, has several programs underway in Southeast Asia to help these threatened animals survive as their habitat is destroyed by deforestation. Following your Bearcat feeding, you’ll get an engaging and interactive tour of Wild Wonders where you’ll get close and personal with other ambassadors.

 

 

Although a bit shy, Piper will warm up to you when she sees that you have some of her favorite treats or her daily enrichment. With the wallabies and cavies cavorting around their home turf, a “hoppy” time will be had by all!

Be sure to wear closed-toes shoes for this encounter! Wallabies are very sensitive to disease, and you’ll need to dip the bottoms of your shoes into the exterior disinfectant footbath before entering.

 

 

Ask anyone who has ever had a cat, and they’ll tell you that trying to train one to do anything does not often lead to success. Now imagine that instead of a 12 pound housecat, you are trying to train a 25 pound serval or lynx with much bigger teeth and longer claws!

Servals are some of the most unique cats on the planet. They have spots and stripes, and have the longest legs for their size of any predator, which enables them to jump high in the air to capture birds. Tiani, our Eurasian Lynx, has those wonderful tufts of hair on her ears, and is also quite adept at jumping.

You will accompany one of our keepers into their exercise pen and watch as we work with one of these animals. The keeper will show you how we build trust with them, and how the techniques we use have enabled us to better care for them.

 

 

Each of these Experiences include: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 2 people; additional people $50 each

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM

 

Meet and Greet a Cheetah

Imagine standing close to a cheetah! In this encounter, we’ll bring one of our cheetahs out of its enclosure on a leash, and you’ll have a photo op that you’ll never forget.

Federal law prohibits any physical interaction with cheetahs, but you’ll still be awed by being so close. Our keepers will share personal information about our cheetahs, and you’ll learn about efforts to preserve this most endangered cat. Following this amazing experience, you’ll have an engaging and interactive tour of Wild Wonders where you’ll get up close and personal with other ambassadors.

 

Includes: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 2 people; additional people $50 each

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM

 

The Ultimate Animal Interaction Experience

Can’t decide among Meet and Feed a Bearcat, Wallaby Walkabout, or Cat Training 101? Then this awesome two hour experience is for you!

Includes: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 2 hours

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $175 / person

Offered:  First two Saturdays of the month. Dates include: November 3rd and 10th,  December 1st and 8th at 10AM

NOTE: Five people are required for this tour. If your party less than 5 people, Wild Wonders will work with you to coordinate with other interested parties.

WANT EVEN MORE??? Add Meet and Greet a Cheetah to The Ultimate Animal Interaction Experience for $100 for 2 people.

 

Breakfast with the Beasts

Enjoy a lovely breakfast next to our cheetah exercise yard. One of our cheetahs, either Victor or Masika, will be in the yard, just steps away from your table.

Learn about the deWildt Wildlife Trust in South Africa where Victor and Masika were born, and how they came to Wild Wonders. Also learn about the conservation efforts that our partner in South Africa, Cheetah Outreach, is doing in the wild to save these highly endangered animals. After your breakfast and time with the Cheetahs, you’ll enjoy an engaging, interactive tour of Wild Wonders where you’ll get up close and personal with other ambassadors.

Includes: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 2 hours

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $350 for 2 people; additional people $50 each

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM

 

Have more questions about your visit? See our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Please Note: You will NOT be admitted for an animal experience without a written confirmation from Wild Wonders.

Please try to schedule your tour a minimum of one week in advance.

NOTE: Every Behind the Scenes tour and Animal Experience benefits the animals at Wild Wonders and our global conservation partners. THANK YOU!

 

Please complete the reservation request form below, and we’ll contact you about your event.