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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park

5262 Deer Springs Drive

The ECWR Zoological Park was established in 2013 by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. Our unique zoo serves as a sanctuary and lifelong home for native wildlife and exotic animals that have been abandoned or abused. All of our resident animals have a history, and it is our duty to share their stories so we may educate the public on conservation and inspire respect for the natural world.

The ECWR Zoological Park is one of Northwest Florida’s must-see attractions! Spanning ten acres, the zoo is home to over 130 animals of 35 different species, including tigers, lemurs, and endangered species from six continents. Located in Okaloosa County, just outside of Crestview, this tranquil zoo is a short trip from Destin and South Walton area beaches.

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and the ECWR Zoological Park are not-for-profit organizations made up of a caring staff and dedicated volunteers. We are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses. Donations made to the ECWR and the Zoological Park are tax deductible, and a copy of the 501 (c)(3) status can be made available upon request.


Sue Spry

Saturday, July 7, 2018
I took my 9 & 12 yo grandsons here today. They had so much fun. This place has made so many changes. Very impressed ! The owner is very nice. In fact, all the staff was really friendly. So many new enclosures are being done !! Definitely, will be going back !! We also got to hold the wolves.. amazing !!

Lesleigh Gary

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Staff were super friendly... talked to us while we they were busy cleaning cages and feeding. They have some diverse animals in the petting zoo so that made it even more fun. We also did the wolf encounter and It. Was. Amazing. Lastly, the prices are phenomenal. I didn’t buy anything from the snack station or the gift shop but as far as tickets go, fairly priced!


Friday, May 18, 2018
Me and my wife went to this zoo and had a great experience. The encounters with the animals is a great experience as well. Yes the zoo is small but the plans Rick said that he has for the place sound amazing. Please support this zoo and help it grow. Me and my wife will definitely make plans to go back. And see all the improvement and other animals that are still to come.

Staci Holloway

Friday, May 18, 2018
My husband and I visited today with our two small children, we had a blast! Plenty to see and a nice variety of animals. All of the animals seemed well taken care of and the owners were very nice! Our favorite was the otter, he got out of the water and came right up to the glass for a few minutes. So fun! Will definitely be going back

Jessica Redding

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Its a great petting zoo. My littles had a blast. I hear its recently gotten new owners so its improving but I wasn't happy with the cages for the larger more exotic animals. Lions need grass and it looks like they have the space for better lion enclosure so I'm hoping they are still improving. The wolves and monkeys also need grass, some had better pins than others so that's improvement . I'll go back one day hoping to see they are doing better otherwise I feel they might wanna just stick to the petting zoo and donate the the more aggressive animals to someone who can meet their needs better.

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