McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary West Palm Beach
Where is it at?
McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary
12943 61st Street North
West Palm Beach
Where are we going today?
We LOVE zoos, and love animals, so we LOVE when there are places where kids can go and meet animals that have been rescued, and are now happy and getting better through rehabilitation. There is so much to learn from these experiences!
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is that kind of place - and they would LOVE to have you visit! This West Palm Beach sanctuary only takes visitors by appointment as their tours are limited to 20 people, so make sure you book ahead and secure your spot!
The sanctuary itself is a non-profit organization that has treated hundreds of native animals that were either injured or sick. A host of species have been brought through the doors, from pelicans, to owls, hawks, bobcats and even foxes. In fact, there are over 200 animals that families can encounter - even lions and tigers! And you know what else is exciting? You can actually get CLOSE to the animals - much closer than in zoos or safaris.
There are hands-on experiences with some wildlife including snakes and parrots, and maybe some surprise species such as the rhino iguana and gila monster!
Kids can learn all about the wildlife that's been brought it, WHY they have been brought in, and in doing so, learn the valuable lessons about why we should be caring for our wildlife.
After all of the hard work that's done at McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, the animals are ideally released back into their natural habitats as soon as possible - happy and healthy!
So why not enjoy an animal adventure with a difference on your next family day out, and make new friends along the way!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Tours at 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
They offer outreach programs where they can come to YOU to teach kids all about the beautiful animals they look after!.
They don't have a concession stand, but have chips and soda at the end of the tour.
They sell water at the front gate, and you are more than welcome to bring your own food!.
Any Top Tips?
You will be outside for nearly 2 hours, and half the tour is shaded, so closed toe shoes are recommended.
Doing our bit
They are ALL about rescuing injured and sick animals and getting them better into the wild. .
Need a little extra help?
The Sanctuary tour is a "walking" tour, but those with limited or no walking ability can still enjoy the tour. There are benches along the way, and much of the time is spent standing instead of walking. There are a limited amount of wheelchairs at no charge.
Can I get one of those?
There is a small gift shop where shirt, stuffed animals, post cards, and kids toys are available. Bring that pocket money!.
The only way to book a tour is to phone.
What people are saying?
by Stephanie Baez
Amazing experience!! If you're an animal lover and are in the Palm Beach area you must check our McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. It's only $25 and worth every penny -- especially as these funds go to such a good cause. The tour is great, the guide is very educated and you are able to get within just a few feet of most of the animals -- including the tigers, lions and limer.
by Marcelo Oliveira
McCarthys Wildlife is fantastic! The facility is super clean and you can see all the most amazing exotic cats, snakes, birds and other animals from really close. Looking forward to visit again.
by Sandra Roberts
Amazing place! Our tour guide, Ashlyn, was wonderful, professional and so knowledgeable! They do an excellent rehabilitation and conservation job for wildlife creatures.
by Matt Kaylor
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the sanctuary. The place was immaculate and the small group guided tour was very informative. We have never been so close to such beautiful yet dangerous animals. This place is really cool.
by Mollie Brown
Our visit to the McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary was amazing! Our tour guide Kat, did a wonderful job; she was enthusiastic and could answer all of our questions. The big cats were beautiful, and Kat gave the tigers treats up high (making the tigers stand up right), so everyone could see just how enormous these majestic creatures are. The McCarthys are doing such a great service to their rescue animals, most of the animals would have been left to horrible fates if the McCarthys hadn't opened their hearts (and wallets) to take these creatures under...Read More
by Mollie Brown
Our visit to the McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary was amazing! Our tour guide Kat, did a wonderful job; she was enthusiastic and could answer all of our questions. The big cats were beautiful, and Kat gave the tigers treats up high (making the tigers stand up right), so everyone could see just how enormous these majestic creatures are. The McCarthys are doing such a great service to their rescue animals, most of the animals would have been left to horrible fates if the McCarthys hadn't opened their hearts (and wallets) to take these creatures under their own care. Kat assured us on our trip that every animal was spoiled there, as in given great care and love from their human admirers. Consequently, your admission is not only for great entertainment, but also to keep the animals well fed and cared for.