July 7, 2012

Visiting the Sanctuary

Exclusive opportunity to visit the animals at Forest Animal Rescue

As a true accredited sanctuary, our concern for the well being of the animals will always come first.

B-Bear, American black bear

In our opinion, it is not in line with the definition of sanctuary if we allow our need for funding to override the right that the animals have to a stress-free environment. The compromise that we have found is to offer exclusive guided tours only twice a month, led by one of the sanctuary’s founders in our Land Rover.

Most of the animals at the sanctuary have suffered at the hands of humans before their arrival here, so they are naturally uncomfortable in the presence of new people.

By limiting the frequency and using the sanctuary’s vehicle to give the tours, we respect the privacy of the animals. The animals remain calm and relaxed in their habitats and are confident that the strangers will maintain a respectful distance because they are in the vehicle and accompanied by someone they have grown to trust.

Yes, we know that we could make more money if we gave more tours, but we choose to protect the privacy of the animals over turning them into an attraction to make money. That is the situation that many of them were rescued from. We have faith that our loyal supporters will see it our way and help us to provide the best, most peaceful, sanctuary setting we can provide.

Tours are given twice a month in the sanctuary’s Land Rover; no more than six people at a time can join due to seating room in the vehicle. We require registration and prepayment to reserve your seat.

The cost is $50 per person (all ages) and the funds are used to help care for the animals.

The sanctuary is not not open to the general public, this is the only way to visit the animals. Final driving directions to the sanctuary gate will be emailed to you after your booking is complete.

Upcoming tours available:

  • Guided Tour of the Sanctuary - Thursday January 4, 2018 - 10:30 am

If you have questions please call the sanctuary at 352-625-7377

 

 

18 thoughts on “Visiting the Sanctuary

  • how long does the tour last and are cameras allowed? Are there walking areas of the tour or strictly in the LR?

  • The tour lasts around 90 minutes and cameras are recommended. The majority of the tour is in the Land Rover but there are small parts (like the bat habitat) where you can get out and take a closer look. Closed toe shoes are recommended.

  • Ricardo, As a true sanctuary, we do not allow any physical contact between the wild animals and any person on the property, including our volunteers. This is for the safety of the people and the animals alike. These are all wild animals, rescued from situations of abuse or neglect and physical contact with humans is not on their agenda.

  • I would prefer no public visitation at all considering the situations these animals endured. However I understand the need for money to take care of these animals and I appreciate the fact that you only allow two visits per week supervised. I am grateful to you for caring about these animals and their well being by also not allowing physical contact with the animals for the danger factor and for the mental well being of the animals. They have been through enough and it is something I wish more people would try to understand who and what these animals are and be glad they they actually get to see them at all. Thank you for taking such great care of your residents, especially Tony and Roy. I am a big fan of their mom Sabrina and the Wildcat Sanctuary 🙂

  • Thank you for your kind words Valerie. Its a shame how many people just don’t understand how stressful it is for the animals to have constant visitors. We appreciate your understanding very much!

  • Hi! Thank you for asking.

    Our mailing address is 640 NE 170th Ct. Silver Springs, FL 34488 and is on the bottom of every page of our website. The physical address is very close to that address, but we don’t publish it widely because we are not open for people to just drive here and see the animals. If you schedule a tour, you will receive the exact final driving directions.

  • Hi, my name is Angela and I am interested in visiting this sanctuary. It has been my lifelong dream to see a full grown wolf and other exotic and wild animals. Of course, I would respect them in their natural habitat and not disturb them. But, it would be my dream come true if I got to see a wolf.

  • Thank you for your interest in visiting the sanctuary. We offer guided tours of the sanctuary twice monthly and you are welcome to reserve a seat on a tour. We (and the wolves) hope to meet you when you join us.

  • I just moved to Marion county with my dad and sister who have live here for 25 years . I have also been a Veterinarian Technician for over 20 years I would love to Volunteer. I will being working at Ocala Animal Hospital mid July..

  • We typically have one tour on a Saturday each month. I am setting one up right now for August 19th – you can reserve a spot here on our website if you would like to join us. Thanks!

  • I agree with Valerie re visiting. There is an inclination to want to see these animals, but it is not in their best interests. I think it is a shame that you don’t have a virtual tour on your website to see the animals and their habitat. That might be a way of garnering donations from those who would like to see the sanctuary and animals but don’t want to stress them.

  • Thank you for your comment. The good news is that we are in the process of slowly redesigning our website and a virtual tour is on the ‘to do list. Check back!

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