Animal Experiences

Wild Wonders is a private wild animal refuge. Experiences are by appointment only.  If you are interested in visiting with a group of 6 or more, or have prepaid for an Experience and want to schedule it, please fill out the form here and we will contact you.

The devastation by the wildfires in Australia has captured the attention of the entire world.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the brave people fighting the fires, the families that have lost loved ones and homes, and the hundreds of thousands of wildlife whose lives and habitats are being destroyed.

For every Wallaby Walkabout Experience booked and taken through February, Wild Wonders will donate $25 to Wildlife Victoria to assist them in the rescue and recovery of wildlife.

 

Visiting Wild Wonders

 

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

–ar

All of our Animal Experiences take place at our wildlife education and conservation center, located on 5+ acres in Bonsall.  Each Experience is led by one of our professional keeper / educators.  Your Animal Experience includes a tour of our facility where your keeper / educator will introduce you to the wonders of many of our amazing ambassadors, and promises to be be interactive, educational, and fun.

 

 

 

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!

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

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 12 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM

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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.

Includes tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 6-11:  $25

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 a tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 6-11:  $25

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.

Besides Fennec foxes, we have three other types of foxes that you’ll get to see in this Experience:  Arctic fox, Gray fox, and Bat-eared fox, and you’ll get to go into keeper-only areas to see two of them.

Call or email us if you have further questions!

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

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 6-11:  $25

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 a tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 6 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 6-11:  $25

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

 

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Reptiles from Around the World

 

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 a tour of our 5-acre facility with even more animal encounters

Duration: About 90 minutes

Age requirement: 8 YEARS OR OLDER

Price: $250 for 4 people  Additional guests ages 12+:  $50.  Additional guests ages 8-11:  $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 ANY of the Experiences above to create a unique visit that you will never forget.  Want a “cats only” visit?  Select the Meet and Greet a Cheetah and Cat Education 101.  Want “cuteness overload”?  Select Meet and Feed a Bearcat, Wallaby Walkabout, and Fennec Foxes and Friends.

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!

Includes 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 4 people with Two Experiences; Additional guests $50

$600 for 4 people with Three Experiences; Additional guests $50

$700 for 4 people with Four Experiences; Additional guests $50

Offered: Any day of the week at 9AM and 11AM

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