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Kitty's Wildlife Refuge Experience

Sky Valley, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Kitty

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

As you drive into the refuge, you will be immersed into a magical setting, surrounded by hundreds of trees and desert animals roaming freely. Being able to observe these animals in their natural habitat will be an experience you won't forget. FYI, with over 100 ravens here, please be advised that they are very smart, very social, and love to talk! They may even bring you a special present that they have picked up from the desert floor! You can also sit right next to a tortoise and watch the bunnies & squirrels run & play. You will be introduced to Ozzy, Spirit, Cuckoo, Valentine, & Sweetie Pie - the handicapped ravens that live in the aviary. It is a thrill to be up close and meet them. Your hostess is very knowledgeable about the surrounding desert and species. This is an experience that is wonderful for adults & kids!! However, A Special Note About Young Children: When the tortoises are out of hibernation in the summer, this is a more engaging activity for young children When they are hibernating, the bulk of this Experience is sitting and watching the wildlife activity from an observation point, which can be very boring to young ones. Please keep in mind if you bring your little ones that there is no place to play or run around or be loud.
Other things to note
The start time for this Experience changes. On warm summer days, early morning visits are the best to see animal activity. Ravens, however, talk to you all day long. Also, young children might get bored with just watching wildlife activity. There is no place for them to play or run around.
As you drive into the refuge, you will be immersed into a magical setting, surrounded by hundreds of trees and desert animals roaming freely. Being able to observe these animals in their natural habitat will be an experience you won't forget. FYI, with over 100 ravens here, please be advised that they are very smart, very social, and love to talk! They may even bring you a special present that they have picked up from the desert floor! You ca…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    water, cold drinks, coffee, guests are allowed to bring their own snacks or...
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Meet your host, Kitty

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 98 Reviews
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I am the founder of Kitty's Wildlife Refuge & Rescue in Sky Valley, CA in the Coachella Valley. I have been doing rescues in this area for 25 years. The Refuge is located on a private ranch in rural Sky Valley, and is a very special place to hundreds of indigenous desert animals - rabbits, squirrels, roadrunners, coyotes, ravens, hawks, doves, song birds, tortoises, and other migrating species, with a tortoise sanctuary & raven aviary. There is lots of animal activity, and you can watch all of this in a beautiful, natural setting. Morning visiting times vary according to temperatures. During the middle of the day in the heat of summer, all of the animals will be hunkered down napping, so maybe you should be, too! There is also an overnight rental, Kitty's Wildlife Guest Quarters, available at the ranch.
I am the founder of Kitty's Wildlife Refuge & Rescue in Sky Valley, CA in the Coachella Valley. I have been doing rescues in this area for 25 years. The Refuge is located on a private ranch in rural Sky Valley, and is a very special place to hundreds of indigenous desert animals - rabbits, squirrels, roadrunners, coyotes, ravens, hawks, doves, song birds, tortoises, and other migrating species, with a tortoise sanctuary & raven aviary. There is lots of animal activity, and you can watch all o…
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About the organization: Kitty's Wildlife Refuge and Rescue



Kitty's Wildlife Refuge & Rescue 501(c)3 is actively involved in animal rescue and maintains a wildlife refuge for enjoyment, education, and raising the awareness level of the lives & the plights of our desert animals. The wildlife refuge is also available for special events. 100% of your Experience booking fee goes to this amazing non-profit organization that helps so many animals every day.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Kitty's Wildlife Refuge and Rescue.
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Where you'll be

You will be at this location only. The wildlife refuge is located at elevation on a private ranch in Sky Valley, CA, with panoramic views of Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. Gorgonio, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Salton Sea, and only 25 minutes away from any of the Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. There is also an overnight stay available: Kitty's Wildlife Refuge Quest Quarters
Mallory
April 2021
What a magical place! I can’t wait to go visit again (and stay at the Airbnb spot too) the animals are beyond and what Kitty has built there is just a treasure. Touched my heart- and made our trip extra special. Will for sure be back!!!
Liz
April 2021
Kitty has a beautiful and engaging property with a variety of rescue animals. She is very thoughtful and friendly and we learned about her sanctuary and all of the animals that she cares for. We saw many ravens (some wild, some injured and cared for by her), desert turtles, many busy squirrels coming into and out of their tunnels from underground, a coyote that stops by to say hi, and her rescue dogs. Thank you for sharing your passion and work with us!
Kitty has a beautiful and engaging property with a variety of rescue animals. She is very thoughtful and friendly and we learned about her sanctuary and all of the animals that she…
Carla
March 2021
What an amazing experience. I wish there were more people who are like Kitty. She is a great host and I was in awe of the animals and area.
Connie
March 2021
This was such a wonderful experience! I am so glad I found her listing when I did, it felt like the perfect birthday gift that was meant to be to see ravens up close and personal. So very grateful for meeting Kitty and all of her lovely animals on the property. Kitty was such a great host, she had so much knowledge about everything around us. From the area that surrounds her home, to the trees she planted and all the rescued animals including the most lovely ravens. I personally adored the ravens most, each and every one of them. All the various sounds and calls they made and the constant soaring in the sky above us, felt like they were putting on a show. Being here was a magical connection to these beautiful birds and to know there's a person like Kitty who's created this haven for them is beyond amazing. I will personally make it a point to come back as often as I can. Thank you for making this a wonderful birthday experience for my husband and I.
This was such a wonderful experience! I am so glad I found her listing when I did, it felt like the perfect birthday gift that was meant to be to see ravens up close and personal.…
Jim
March 2021
Kitty is an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to animal rescue and her devotion and stories are awe inspiring. I wouldn't go expecting to see a "zoo" of animals. Go to be inspired by her stories and work and energy and passion. Here love of Ravens is especially unique.
Kitty is an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to animal rescue and her devotion and stories are awe inspiring. I wouldn't go expecting to see a "zoo" of animals. Go to be in…
Michelle
February 2021
We loved it! Thank you so much for the tour of your beautiful property and introduction to your amazing animal family. Our young girls loved it and I loved being able to show them there are humans like Kitty doing incredible things that make this world a better, kinder place.
We loved it! Thank you so much for the tour of your beautiful property and introduction to your amazing animal family. Our young girls loved it and I loved being able to show them…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

It's always a good idea to carry water for any activity in the desert. I will provide purified water if you don't bring this. Bring your camera!!! Guests are allowed to bring snacks or a picnic. This is a very special clean & relaxed setting.