Hours of Operation

Winter Hours
(Last Admission at 3:00pm)

Admission Prices

Adults:  $8.00
Children ages 2-10:  $5.00
Children under 2:  Free

Get Directions

From Crestview, FL:
8 miles East on Hwy 90
From Destin, FL:
13 miles North on SR 293
(Mid Bay Bridge/ Bypass) to SR 285;
16 miles North to US 90;
6 miles West on 90

Welcome to ECWR Zoological Park

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. Our residents include tigers, lemurs, spider monkeys and endangered species from six continents.

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.

"Keeper Talks"

Every Saturday and Sunday you can learn something new at our scheduled “Keeper Talks”. This is an opportunity to see zoo animals in action with their keepers. Talks include everything from background and habitat information, training techniques, and fun facts unique to our animals. Be sure to ask for the “Keeper Talks” schedule to find out what animals have special feedings, showings, or enrichment activities today.

YOU can make a difference!

"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it's all that ever has." - Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist

You can save animals here in Florida, and all over the world by making small changes in your everyday routine!! 


Have a WILD Birthday!!

Calling all party animals! The ECWR wants to help you host your next birthday party at the Zoo. Children of all ages will have a wild time they won't soon forget. Our basic package includes free admission for 15 people, a guided tour of the park by one of our keepers, zoo treats for all children to feed our petting zoo, reserved party space in our shaded picnic area, paper products and a unique animal encounter for the birthday child!  More Information...