Everglades Outpost

A wildlife rescue, and an up-close way
to learn about the Everglades.

 

Meet Bob Freer

The Wildlife Rescue is Bob’s home.
He and his wife Barbara live
with their rescued animals.

 

Each animal has
a rescue story!

Each story offers a different
view into the Everglades.

All about the Outpost:


Bob Freer and his wife Barbara created the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue in 1991. The Outpost is where they live, together with their animals.

How do we differ from a zoo?

We take in hurt and injured wildlife, rehabilitate it, and release it back to the wild. Most of the animals at the Everglades Outpost have been confiscated from illegal, traumatic and abusive situations. We are different from a zoo in that we are a non-profit run by idealistic volunteers who love and want to help animals.

How do we Help animals?

Our rehabilitation facility provides medical care and treatment to sick and injured animals. Whenever possible, the animal is released to its natural habitat. The animals that cannot be returned to the wild are placed in suitable homes, or remain here under our care.

How can you help this effort?

We are a non-profit 501c(3) educational organization. We are all volunteers. We rely on friends like you to come here to experience the Everglades Outpost and help with tax-deductible donations, so we can take care of the animals, and continue to improve and expand our habitats for them.

Check out our Groupon deal | Support the Outpost through Amazon. ++ Special offers: Experience a 3-day / 2-night stay at our newly renovated home on the property. This will include a 4 hour gator handling lesson, a 2 hour snake handling lesson, a swamp buggy tour , a private tour of the facility. ($2,200.00 for up to two people) ++ Spend one day with an exotic animal handler. Be a part of the Everglades Outpost team. Learn what it is like to work with the our animals. ($150.00 per person). ++ Interested? Please contact us.

Latest news
  1. July 2017 Update: Volunteering at the Everglades Outpost - General Manager and Animal Curator Martha Frassica-Rivera explains that volunteering at the Everglades Outpost is a mix of fun and work.
  2. April 2017 Update: Feeding Romeo, the Tiger - Everglades Outpost volunteers Janey and Karl talk about the ins and outs of feeding Romeo, the tiger, and what it takes to be an Everglades Outpost volunteer.
  3. February 2017 Update: rescuing and releasing a coyote - Everglades Outpost Manager Quinton Glenn reports on a coyote who was rescued by the Everglades Outpost and is about to be released back into the wild.
  4. January 2017 Update - Everglades Outpost trainer Quinton Glenn presents Phoenix, a 7-month old tiger cub. Training Phoenix requires a few tricks. Everglades Outpost founder Bob Free shows how alligator hatchlings make it out of their eggs. He explains how mothers gently help their offspring make the wondrous transition.
  5. Miami New Times: Outpost one of the 10 best things to do - The Miami New Times is featuring the Everglades Outpost as one of the "10 Best Things To Do in Homestead." The paper writes: "Spend an afternoon strolling around the sanctuary, honing your inner Ron Magill by the tiger area, and channeling your inner Stark near the wolves."

More news

At the Outpost, each of us
has a rescue story:
Sabal is a Florida Panther who was born into captivity. She had a brother, and they were both very sick when they were born. The brother died and the owner gave Sabal to the Outpost.

Sabal is a Florida Panther who was born into captivity. She had a brother, and they were both very sick when they were born. The brother died and the owner gave Sabal to the Outpost.
Watch the video.

Kenya is a lemur. His former owner had all his teeth pulled so he couldn't bite. So Kenya began to need a special diet, which became too much work for the owner who decided to give Kenya away...

Kenya is a lemur. His former owner had all his teeth pulled so he couldn’t bite. So Kenya began to need a special diet, which became too much work for the owner who decided to give Kenya away…
Watch the video.

Despite its name, Gator is actually a pelican. He was rescued in the Everglades National Park, where he showed no fear at all of people. One of his wings was broken...

Despite its name, Gator is actually a pelican. He was rescued in the Everglades National Park, where he showed no fear at all of people. One of his wings was broken…
Watch the video.

Zulu is a zebra who was originally acquired for a kids camp. Management didn't know that zebras are basically wild horses and not quite suitable for kids...

Zulu is a zebra who was originally acquired for a kids camp. Management didn’t know that zebras are basically wild horses and not quite suitable for kids…Watch the video.

Godzilla is an alligator who was brought to the Outpost as a hatchling in 1988 by Florida Fish and Game officers. He has a prickly temperament...

Godzilla is an alligator who was brought to the Outpost as a hatchling in 1988 by Florida Fish and Game officers. He has a prickly temperament…
Watch the video.

Chewy is a camel originally from a farm in Central Florida where he got beat up by other male camels to a point that the owner did not want to deal with it anymore...

Chewy is a camel originally from a farm in Central Florida where he got beat up by other male camels to a point that the owner did not want to deal with it anymore…
Watch the video.

Our location

We’re less than an hour’s drive from Miami.

Everglades Outpost
Wildlife Rescue
35601 SW 192 Ave
Homestead, FL 33034
Phone: 305-247-8000

Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun, 10 AM- 6 PM Wed & Thu by appointment only.

One-day membership: $12 (adults), $8 (children), 5 and under free.

Groups of more than 15 receive a free guided tour and wildlife show. Call ahead for appointment.

Family membership ($100): includes a one-time complimentary meet-and-greet tour (by appointment only), unlimited entrance to the park valid for a year (from date of purchase) for 2 adults and up to 4 children/grandchildren. Visitors who purchase the family membership have the option of purchasing up to 4 guest passes for an additional amount of $12.00 per guest pass.

Shows: Venomous Snakes, Alligator Feeding (call about show times)

Download an informational one-pager about the Outpost.

 

Our animals need your love,

says Barbara.