August 19, 2016

A few years ago, I discovered a fun Facebook page with videos of exotic animals. Some, chronicled the owner teaching his bear to pool surf. Who wouldn’t want to watch these videos??  I enjoyed sharing them with others.  Well, earlier this year, I planned a cruise to the Bahamas. To my surprise, the cruise was ported in Florida where this wildlife sanctuary is located.  I immediately planned my visit and started counting down the days. After completing the cruise, my boyfriend and I rented a car and ventured two and a half hours to visit Single Vision.

A little background of this facility: Single Vision is an nonprofit endangered wildlife reserve in Melrose, Florida.  It is home to lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, bobcats, bears and other species of exotic animals.  The entire facility is operated by one man, Carl Bovard, who loves and cares for each of these animals. You can visit his website at and definitely check out the Facebook page to enjoy his videos.

We received a personal tour of the grounds from Carl. We met the animals and learned how each ended up at Single Vision. We enjoyed feeding and interacting with them. What impressed me most was the love and adoration these massive wild creatures had for Carl.  They would be content playing with him all day. I am already anticipating a return visit with the possibility of swimming with the bears!  How fun would that be!!


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** All photos taken with my iPhone since I did not take my DSLR on this trip 🙁



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