We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Certificate of Excellence
Nature & wildlife areas, Ranches, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Phone Number: 254-897-2960
Website
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/safari
Description: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre...
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre preserve holds a 9.5 mile scenic drive where you can interact with over 1,100 rare and endangered animals roaming free in their herds. Stay in your car, reserve your spot on a guided tour, or even spend a night at our Safari Camp or Lodge to see over 50 different species of wild animals including cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, rhinos and more. The delicious food at The Overlook Cafe is paired with an incredible view overlooking the park and our gift shop offers souvenirs to take home to family and friends. While Fossil Rim is sure to provide a unique experience and exciting adventure, we are dedicated to the conservation of species on the brink of extinction. Fossil Rim conducts scientific research, trains professionals, responsibly manages our natural resources and is committed to public education. We are a not-for-profit breeding center dedicated to the recovery of species in the wild and we invite you to join us in our efforts. Grab your camera and head this way for the scenic wildlife drive you won't forget. Located in Glen Rose, Texas, we are just 52 miles SW of Fort Worth and well worth a visit for people of all ages!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 418 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 284
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Most recent review
Great for the kids and all animal lovers

My husband and I just returned from Fossil Rim. We took our 18 month old and did the scenic drive; which you do on your own. We had the place to ourselves and had a neat time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Kleine
,
Michigan
Add Photo Write a Review

418 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Michigan
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My husband and I just returned from Fossil Rim. We took our 18 month old and did the scenic drive; which you do on your own. We had the place to ourselves and had a neat time seeing all of the different animals- who are NOT shy about coming right up to your vehicle for some food! Make sure you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had not been to this kind of think since I was a kid in California. I was planning of going to the Dino park in the area until I saw this listing in my AAA travel book. Glad I did! To have the animals come up to your car wanting the food they sell at the ticket place was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A friend and I rode through this beautiful wildlife preserve and were delighted by all the animals. A very nice visitors center welcomes donations and has a nice selection of souvenirs, and bags of food for feeding the animals.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lindstrom, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is one of my favorite places. If you go early in the morning when it is cool you will see many of the animals out eating. They tend to hide in the shade as it gets hotter during the day and it becomes a game of hide and seek trying to find them! You are able... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Granbury
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
32 attraction reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Visited this attraction this past sunny and warm weather weekend and experienced a great drive through their park. Although Fossil Rim offers a park provided guided tour, we opted instead for the self-guided tour in our own vehicle. Maybe we should have gone along in the park provided vehicle as many of the horned animals like to stick their heads... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Redlands, California
Top Contributor
269 reviews 269 reviews
116 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We went on safari to Kenya and Tanzania earlier in the year and this experience in no way duplicates that. Fossil Rim does not come close to duplicating the natural habitat. But what Fossil Rim does offer is a more intimate encounter with exotic animals. We hand-fed from our car window a giraffe, ostrich, emu, European red deer, Hartmann's mountain... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Our reservations were made via the website telephone number. The lady was extremely helpful, provided great directions but inaccurate pricing details. I strongly recommend a guided tour rather than self drive. Our guide was extremely knowledgable but you loose any discounts with a guide. I think it is still worth the price because of the educational advantage. The uniqueness of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

For adults this might not be very interesting but for kids this will be a blast. Make sure you take a feeding bag before you start. The mild animals come close to your car to feed so if you have a shiny new expensive car, you might be cagey going in but we had a blast, there is food mid... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bangalore
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

We visited here on thanks giving and it was an amazing experience..my 4 year old enjoyed feeding deers and ostrich. Though we were not able to feed giraffe as they caged them. But altogether it was wonderful

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I visited this place with my family in November on a good sunny day. Takes about 2-3 hours to drive through the whole area. There were more than 20 different species. It was fun to feed zebras, giraffes etc. You are not allowed to bring your own food but rather purchase from the ticket counter. All the animals were very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Fossil Rim Wildlife Center also viewed

 

Been to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?