The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park is not your standard, everyday type of zoo. 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. ECWR Zoological Park is a sanctuary and lifelong home for native wildlife and exotic animals alike, who have been rescued by the refuge, abandoned, abused, or for those just in need of a “forever home”. All of our resident animals have a history and it is our mission to help tell their stories so we may educate the public on conservation and inspire respect for the natural world.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park is one of Northwest Florida’s must-see attractions with over 100 animals of 35 different species calling the ten-acre zoological park home including: tigers, lemurs, spider monkeys and endangered species from 6 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.
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.
"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!!
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!