Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

Admission:  Adults $10, Seniors 55+ & Kids 8-17 $5, Children 7 & under Free (cash/check only)
Hours:  Mon - Fri 9 am - 12 pm,   Sat 11 am - 4 pm (Year round),   Sun 11 am - 4 pm (Nov - May)

Volunteering / Community Service / School Credit


Want to interact with the animals?  Volunteering is a great way to do it.  Octagon is always looking for more help at the sanctuary.  We accept help for as little as a few hours or really appreciate people who can commit to more time.  Many Florida students are required to do Community Service for School Credit in order to graduate and Octagon is recognized in the area for this.  We even invite local groups looking to provide charity work.  Here is a sample of the work we ask our volunteers to do:
  • Fill water dishes *
  • Clean habitats/enclosures *
  • Separate and prepare food
  • Feed animals
  • Lawn and grounds keeping
  • General structural maintenance
* Volunteers under 18 may be limited to the aviaries and small non-venomous reptile habitats.  Only upon authorization from an accompanying experienced volunteer will others access be granted.

The list below are some of things to consider before volunteering:
  • Weather - Depending on the time of year, the sanctuary can become HOT and during rainy season, quite muddy
  • Commitment of day, date, or time - Be realistic about the number of hours you wish to commit yourself
  • Wardrobe - For safety reasons, we require close toes shoes, blue jeans or heavy weighted material pants, and t-shirts/sweatshirts (preferably all old)
  • Food and Beverages - Due to the location of the sanctuary, it is best if you bring something to eat and drink.  There is a food mart within a mile or 2 of the sanctuary now.
  • Sun Protection - To further protect yourself, wear sunscreen, hats, and/or sunglasses as most of the work is done out in the open.
If you are still interested please call the Sanctuary at (239) 543-1130 and leave a clear detailed message.  Please be patient as it may take a day or 2 to return your call.  Volunteers are needed at the Sanctuary:
  • Year round
  • Mondays - Fridays starting at 9:00 am
  • Saturdays & Sundays starting at 10:30 am
  • Length of time varies based on daily needs

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