Kitty's Wildlife Refuge Experience

Sky Valley, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Kitty

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes drinks

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...

Meet your host, Kitty

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 122 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

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 122 reviews.

Carter
July 2021
Kitty’s Wildlife Refuge was an awesome experience for adults and families alike. You’ll get to meet some awesome rescue animals (including my personal favorite, the desert tortoises) and hear some uplifting stories from Kitty herself. Highly recommend stopping here for a morning tour before spending a day in Joshua Tree National Park.
Kitty’s Wildlife Refuge was an awesome experience for adults and families alike. You’ll get to meet some awesome rescue animals (including my personal favorite, the desert tortoise…
Gail
July 2021
My granddaughter and I had a wonderful time visiting Kitty and learning about her animals. We visited in the middle of July and I was expecting it to be uncomfortably hot but we were in the shade almost the whole time so it was actually quite pleasant. I highly recommend this experience.
My granddaughter and I had a wonderful time visiting Kitty and learning about her animals. We visited in the middle of July and I was expecting it to be uncomfortably hot but we we…
Buster
July 2021
Kitty was great and her sanctuary is so cool. She is very knowledgeable and has great stories. Go see her and help support her!
Janeesha
July 2021
Absolutely loved meeting Kitty, her ravens and all the other wonderful wildlife at the sanctuary. Kitty is the definition of someone living in their purpose. She goes to great lengths to ensure the safety and well-being of these animals and I just felt such love and care during my visit. Kitty also let me show up earlier in the day just so I could meet the tortoises before it got too hot. She's incredibly accommodating and a wonderful host, I'll definitely be back ☺️🤍
Absolutely loved meeting Kitty, her ravens and all the other wonderful wildlife at the sanctuary. Kitty is the definition of someone living in their purpose. She goes to great leng…
Kelly
July 2021
Kitty has so much passion for her work. She hasn’t had a day off in 20 years! It was a nice two hour event and we saw 400 ravens, turtles and even a baby coyote. I highly recommend and it’s a great thing to do with kids.
Michelle
June 2021
What better way to experience desert wildlife than up close and personal. Kitty hosts an animal refuge that has saved numerous animals from death in the desert. The turtles and ravens were our favorite. Not only is this experience joyful and uplifting, but is also supporting a wonderful cause. We will visit Kitty and the refuge again on our next visit. Thank you for your tireless work Kitty!
What better way to experience desert wildlife than up close and personal. Kitty hosts an animal refuge that has saved numerous animals from death in the desert. The turtles and rav…

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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.