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.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
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 just 1 mile from Sky Valley Resorts and 3 miles from the Coachella Valley Preserve. The Refuge 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 available.
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.
water, cold drinks, coffee, guests are allowed to bring their own snacks or a picnic.
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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
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Wear comfortable desert walking shoes!
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.
Kitty's Wildlife Refuge Experience