Animal Experiences

Wild Wonders is a private wild animal refuge. Tours and Animal Experiences are by appointment only.  If you are interested in a tour for a group of 6 or more people, please fill out the form here and we will contact you.

 

Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

 

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

–ar

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 keeper / educators. 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 up to 4 people; $30 for each additional adult, $15 for each additional child 17 and under

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

 

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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!

Includes Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $350 for 2 people, but we are offering a special holiday price of $260 for 2 people!  Additional people $50 each.

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

 

 

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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

 

Cat Training 101

 

Cats are great jumpers.  Servals 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 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.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

Cat Education 101 includes: 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 between 9AM and 1PM

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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 this Experience you’ll interact with our little guys, and give them their behavioral enrichment. And you’ll learn where they come from and why they have such big ears.

You’ll also see a working education session with our Arctic Fox, where what looks like fun to him is actually an activity which helps strengthen the bond between the keeper / educator and the fox.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

Fennec Fox and Friends includes: 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 between 9AM and 1PM

 

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Wallaby Walkabout

 

Piper is our Bennett’s Wallaby.  In our Wallaby Walkabout experience, our keeper / educator will accompany you to a bench in Piper’s habitat area.  Piper may be shy at first, but given a little time she’ll be very interested in her 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 Piper 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: 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 between 9AM and 1PM

 

 

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Reptiles from Around the World

 

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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: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 8 YEARS OR OLDER

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

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

 

 

The Ultimate Animal Interaction Experience

 

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

You’re 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!

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Includes: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 2 hours

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $600 for up to 4 people; additional people $50 each

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

 

Meet and Greet a Cheetah

 

Imagine standing close to a cheetah! In this encounter, 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 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.  Call or email us if you have further questions!

 

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

–ja

Includes: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $350 for 2 people, but we are offering a special holiday price of $260 for 2 people!  Additional people $50 each.

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM

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

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!