Animal Experiences

Wild Wonders is a private wild animal refuge where you can book an up close and Animal Experience featuring many of our animal ambassadors.  Experiences are by appointment only. 

NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 AND NO PERSONS WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE PERMITTED TO VISIT WILD WONDERS AT THIS TIME, AND ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR MASKS.

People 65 and over may want to consider visiting at a later date.

 

PLEASE READ OUR SAFETY PROTOCOLS BEFORE BOOKING YOUR VISIT

If you have pre-paid for your Experience and just need to book a date and time, click here for a reservation request.

Have a group of 8 or more people that want to visit?  Tell us more about your group here, and we’ll contact you.

 

NEW!  Celebration VIP Behind the Scenes Tours

 

Brunch with a Cheetah

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or just that it’s Tuesday, bring a picnic to Wild Wonders and let us make it a memorable occasion with our Celebration VIP Behind the Scenes Tour!

You’ll meet and interact with many of our animal ambassadors on this special tour and we’ll bring out a special animal just for your group. And after your keeper / educator has enthralled you with our animals and the important roles they play on our planet, enjoy your snack or meal at either our African Safari Tent or our Cheetah Viewing Deck.

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age Requirement: UNTIL CALIFORNIA IS FULLY OPEN, NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 WILL BE ADMITTED.

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people;  Additional guests ages 12+:  $30.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $15

Offered: Any day of the week at 11AM and 1PM

Additional important information:

  • Because we are a private facility, our bathrooms are only for our staff and volunteers.
  • Remember to bring everything you’ll need for your lunch (plates, napkins, food storage bags, etc).
  • Due to USDA restrictions, we cannot store your food in the same refrigerators that store food for our animals.  If you have something that needs to be refrigerated, please pack enough ice in your cooler to keep it fresh.
  • We ask that you pack out your trash.

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Meet and Greet a Cheetah

 

Imagine standing close to a cheetah! In this Animal Experience, we’ll bring one of our cheetahs out of its habitat on a leash.

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 conservation efforts of organizations in Africa 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.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

Meet and Greet a Cheetah includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $350 for a group of 1 – 4 people.  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.

Offered: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9AM

Picnic option available.  Click here to learn more

 

 

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We met Victor the cheetah and he was gorgeous!. … This is a must see!

–ja

 

Meet and Feed a Bearcat

 

Binturongs, also known as Bearcats, love fruit, and you’ll get to give them some of their favorite treats like grapes or banana slices. You’ll also be able to touch their long dark fur. Our partner, Arctictus 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.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Although most of our enclosures are accessible by wheelchairs, steps are required to access the Bearcat habitat.

Meet and Feed a Bearcat includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

!!! For all Meet and Feed a Bearcat Experiences booked and taken in September, guests will receive a special gift!!!

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 5 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people.  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $25

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

Picnic option available.  Click here to learn more

 

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We did the Binturong feeding tour, and it was amazing! We met so many animals and our tour guide, Michelle, was just the best. We’ll definitely be going back for other tours in the future!

— ew

Great experience feeding the bearcat. Second time my husband and I did it and would do it again

— k

 

Cat Training 101

 

Fascinated by felines?  Servals, like Sabi on the left, have the longest legs for their size of any predator, which enables them to jump high in the air to capture birds. Siberian Lynx, like young Tashi on the right, are also adept at jumping and have those wonderful tufts of hair on her ears.

In the Cat Education 101 Animal Experience you will accompany one of our keepers to their exercise habitat where you will safely watch them work with one of these animals. What looks like “play” and “fun” is actually exercise, and very importantly building a bond with our keepers.  The trust we build with them enables us to avoid sedation for minor things like vaccines and nail trims. 

You’ll also learn about the interesting Lynx re-introduction program in Scotland which will bring back the Eurasian lynx after almost 700 years!

Call or email us if you have further questions!

Cat Education 101 includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 5 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people

Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $25

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

Picnic option available.  Click here to learn more

 

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Fennec Foxes and Friends

 

Fennec foxes may be the smallest foxes in the canid family, but they are the largest in the cuteness department! If you don’t think so now, you definitely will after this encounter!  How can you not love this little face?

Weighing in at less than 4 pounds, these little omnivores are on the move all the time. In the Fennec Fox and Friends Animal Experience you’ll interact with our little guys, feed them some treats, and give them their behavioral enrichment. And you’ll learn where they come from and why they have such big ears.

Besides Fennec foxes, we have two other types of foxes that you’ll get to see in this Experience:  Arctic fox and Bat-eared fox.  Acacia, our Bat-eared fox, is our local celebrity – her voice was mixed with others to be the voice of Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian..

Call or email us if you have further questions!

Fennec Fox and Friends includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 5 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people

Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $25

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

Picnic option available.  Click here to learn more

 

 

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Wallaby Walkabout

 

Two Bennett’s Wallabies call Wild Wonders home:  Piper on the left and “Taz”, the new boy on the right.  In our Wallaby Walkabout Animal Experience, our keeper / educator will accompany you to a bench in their habitat area.  They may be shy at first, but given a little time they’ll be very interested in their favorite treats which you and the keeper will have.

You’ll also encounter her friends and habitat mates: 3 Patagonian Cavies, Chui, Chalupa, and Chico.  With Piper and the 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 to help us keep them healthy, you’ll need to dip the bottoms of your shoes into the exterior disinfectant footbath before entering.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

Wallaby Walkabout includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 5 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people

Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $25

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

Picnic option available.  Click here to learn more

 

 

 

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Reptiles from Around the World

 

SORRY!  This experience is unavailable right now due to social distancing guidelines.

If you love reptiles, this unique Experience is for you!  We have reptiles from South and Central America, Africa, Eurasia, and Australia / Asia, and you’ll have feeding and/or hands-on interaction with a variety of them.

This Experience is both indoors and outdoors.  Our reptile room is home to iguanas, snakes, uromastyx, a legless lizard, a skink, and a cane toad.  For their comfort, we keep it nice and warm and a bit humid.  Outside, you’ll meet some of our tortoises and turtles (snappers and red sliders) and watch a training session with one of our alligators.

We offer this Experience only on feeding days, so this is not for squeamish people.  Many of our larger reptiles receive whole prey that has been frozen and then defrosted, while the smaller ones get live mealworms or crickets.

Reptiles from Around the World includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 5 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for a group of 1 – 4 people

Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $25

Offered: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (Alligator feeding day), 9:30AM

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YOUR Ultimate Animal Interaction Visit

 

Want to create your own CUSTOM visit?  You can combine Animal Experiences to create a unique visit that you will never forget.  .

Your private keeper / guide will greet you with Rooibos tea (African redbush tea) and a snack, after which you’ll embark on your Wild Wonders safari where you’ll meet animals from all over the world.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

Includes the Behind the Scenes tour of our facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: Depends on number of Experiences chosen; Could be up to 3 hours

Age requirement: See individual Experiences for minimum age requirements

Prices:  $450 for a group of 1 – 4 people with Two Experiences; Additional guests $50

$600 for a group of 1 – 4 people with Three Experiences; Additional guests $50

$700 for a group of 1 – 4 people with Four Experiences; Additional guests $50

Offered: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 9AM and 11AM

 

Behind the Scenes Experience

 

Excellent visit- the docents are passionate, knowledgeable, and delightful. The animals are amazing!

–ar

Wild Wonders is a private wildlife education and conservation center on 5+ acres in Bonsall, CA.  We have about 120 animals from all over the world.  Your “Behind the Scenes” Animal Experience will be led by one of our professional keeper / educators.  During your private tour, you will meet up close and personal with some amazing animal ambassadors. Your Behind the Scenes Experience promises to be interactive, educational, and fun.

Duration: About 60 minutes

Age Requirement: UNTIL CALIFORNIA IS FULLY OPEN, NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 WILL BE ADMITTED.

Price: $175 for a group of 1 – 4 people; Additional guests ages 12+:  $30.  Additional guests ages 5-11:  $15.

Offered: Any day of the week at 10AM and 1PM

 

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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 Animal Experience benefits the animals at Wild Wonders and our global conservation partners. THANK YOU!