McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
12943 61st Street North, West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Reservations For Private Guided Tours : 561.790.2116

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McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary has treated hundreds of native animals that were sick or injured. Everything from foxes to bobcats, Sandhill Cranes to pelicans, hawks, owls, and many others have received veterinarian care by our staff and then were released back into the wild. Without the support of our volunteers and members, it would be impossible to continue the work for this valuable cause.

Many of the exotic animals have been donated to us by wildlife officers who confiscated these innocent creatures from the previous owners because of neglect, abuse, or illegal possession. Some were pets that owners could no longer care for and felt McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary would provide the animals a safe haven. With over ninety permanent resident animals at the sanctuary, the cost of housing these magnificent creatures is staggering. Twenty-two of the animals are large cats and, being carnivores, they consume one thousand pounds of meat each week. All of our funding comes from the community and, in return, we provide an excellent educational program that is thrilling and informative.

While on tour you will see everything from White Tigers to Black Leopards, Ruffed Lemurs to Kinkajous, Scarlet Macaws to Black Palm Cockatoos, Red tail Hawks to Great Horned Owls and Albino Burmese Pythons to Green Mambas! Dress appropriately - closed shoes and long pants are advised and hats and sunscreen are also suggested. Tours last about 60 - 90 minutes.

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Act, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. We are a non-profit 501-(c)-3-wildlife rehabilitation facility.


About Mark McCarthy
Sanctuary Director Mark McCarthy with
renowned primatologist Jane Goodall

Mark McCarthy has worked professionally with animals since 1972. His past experience started at the famous venom research lab, the Miami Serpentarium of South Miami, Florida, as a reptile keeper. Taking care of reptiles and conducting tours of the facility was his main job, but he also assisted the director, William E. Haast, with venom extractions on stage. This was also where his first encounter with exotic cats started. Naia Haast had a pet lion named Leonard.

He then worked with several animal dealers and private collectors in the Miami area for the next several years. This was where he gained a vast amount of knowledge in animal care. He has worked with everything from jaguars and cheetahs to cobras and orangutans. Over those years, Mark studied wildlife throughout the southwestern and southeastern US, Mexico, Panama, Columbia, Galapagos Islands, and his all time favorite place, Tanzania.

In 1990, Mark moved to Palm Beach County and built the McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on five acres of slash pine and palmetto forest in West Palm Beach, here was where he decided that the children of the world should learn to respect the land and nature around them. Then Mark started the educational programs. The response was sensational. For the past sixteen years, he has performed over 6,000 wildlife programs reaching over 500,000 students in South Florida. He has taken in over 4,000 injured native animals and saved the lives of hundreds. Hundreds of exotic animals have been adopted by the sanctuary over the years and many are now permanent residents.

Tour Hours

  • Tuesday
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM
  • Thursday
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM
  • Friday
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM
  • Saturday
    • 11:00 AM
    • 12:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM

$25.00 per child and $35.00 per adult

Closed : Sunday and Monday - http://www.mccarthyswildlife.com/about-us

 

 


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