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Big Cat Encounters at Central Florida Animal Reserve

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  • Booking Tours with Central Florida Animal Reserve is easy and convenient, with a variety of tours to suit your needs!
  • Tour times are available on Saturdays and Sundays based on availability.
  • Gift cards are also available for various tour adventures.
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Planning Questions

Where are you located?
Our Osceola Campus is located at 500 Broussard Rd, St.
Cloud, FL 34773
Are the tours guided? Can I walk around on my own?
All tours at Central Florida Animal Reserve are guided tours.  This helps us fulfill our educational objectives and safety mandates.  Visitors are not permitted to walk around on their own.  Plus, having knowledgeable staff able to discuss the interesting world of the big cats brings great perspective and fun!  Guides are great resources for answering questions and sharing key stories.
What about the weather?
Our guided tours are not generally cancelled for light rain. However, in the event of dangerous weather, we will do our best to determine whether tours will be cancelled 24 hours prior to the start time. If tours are cancelled, you will receive notice via the contact information you provide during reservation. In the event of cancellation on our part you may opt to transfer your reservation to an alternate day.   We appreciate your understanding that you will need to keep an eye on the forecast and dress for unpredictable weather when you reserve space on any of our tours.
Can I get on a tour if I just show up?
You must reserve your tour prior to arrival.  We are only open for tours on Saturday and Sunday excepting calendar noted blackout dates.  Guests who arrive without a reservation will not be allowed on property.
Will I be able to touch a cat?
Guests are not permitted to touch or come into contact with any animal throughout the tour.  For the safety of both visitors and resident animals, any attempt to come in contact with the cats will result in being asked to leave without a refund.
Can I bring gifts for the cats?
All toys, food, and enrichments are carefully chosen as part of our Animal Care Program.  We do not permit outside toys or food for the safety of our animal residents.  Consider a donation add-on if you’d like to provide meals for the cats that week.

Guided Tour Options

 

Guided Walking Tour

$ 25.00
(adults)
$ 19.00
(ages 10-17)

per person
  • For Adults and Families with Children 10 and up.
  • This walking tour is a close encounter with the cats of Central Florida Animal Reserve!
  • This educational encounter shares the stories and care for these amazing animals, and discusses the plight of their species in the wild.
  • Approximately 60 minutes long

Family Tour

$ 25.00
(adults)
$ 19.00
(ages 10-17)
$ 15.00
(ages <10)

per person
  • This Guided Walking Tour is perfect for families with a younger audience! 
  • Recommended for families with children younger than 10.
  • Must be accompanied by responsible adults over 18 years of age.
  • Approximately 60 minutes.

Private Walking Tour

$ 350.00

per group (up to 8)
  • This experience allows you a tour guide all to yourself!
  • Spend more time with those cats of interest. 
  • Ideal for photographers and those that like to choose the pace.
  • Optimized for up to 8 adults.
  • Children younger than 10 permitted with responsible adult supervision.
  • Approximately 60 minutes.

Enhanced Experiences

 

Executive Tour

$ 75.00

per person
  • Experience CFAR in a different light as its most senior staff speak on their stories, experiences, and intimate personal knowledge of the cats.
  • Request your tour guide on booking
  • (recommended for ages 15+ only)
  • Approximately 60 minutes

Keeper for a Day

$ 300.00

per person (max 3)
  • This program allows you to shadow experienced keepers and engage a variety of animal care activities.
  • Prepare diets, provide enrichment, and clean enclosures!
  • No two experiences are the same!
  • Ages 14 and up — Approximately 5 hours

Behind the Scenes

$ 50.00

per person
  • Take the road less traveled and visit the cats from a different angle!
  • This tour takes you on an intimate journey to meet even more animal residents and gain an appreciation for the work taking place at the reserve. 
  • Approximately 90 minutes

Encounter Policies

Tour format

All tours at Central Florida Animal Reserve are guided walking tours.  This helps us fulfill our educational objectives and safety mandates.  Visitors are not permitted to walk around on their own.  Plus, having knowledgeable staff able to discuss the interesting world of the big cats brings great perspective and fun!  Guides are great resources for answering questions and sharing key stories.  The total walking distance for the standard tour is about 300 yards — other tour formats may be longer based on content.

Food and Drink Policy

You are welcome to bring water or purchase on site.  Guests are NOT permitted to bring alcohol or be under the influence while on site.  No food is permitted on tours.  Guests are required to appropriately discard any trash produced.

A complete list of our Encounter policies may be found here.

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