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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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Address: 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Phone Number: 254-897-2960
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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!
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We had been to fossil rim twice , once in 2013 and again in 2014. Its a wonderful experience for family and kids in particular to see , touch and feed wild animals in captivity... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Algonquin, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This was our 2nd trip to Fossil Rim, the last time was 20 years ago, when it was much newer and better kept, before it became a non-profit. We weren't disappointed, but we were shocked it was kept up as it was in the past. We stayed at the Safari Tent, just like last time, the tents are dated, but... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We had been to fossil rim twice , once in 2013 and again in 2014. Its a wonderful experience for family and kids in particular to see , touch and feed wild animals in captivity. Captivity but the scenario is so natural that these wild animals would not feel that they are captive. We are given a prescribed feed for... More 

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Grapevine, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Want to pet a Giraffe, or a Zebra? This place was a blast! I would recommend a vehicle with a sun roof. This place is a self guided drive trough a few pastures with a cafe at the half way point. Good spot for a staycation near Dallas Fort Worth area. The drive was about 3 hours. We went on... More 

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Luzon, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

PROS: I love that you can interact with the animals while they are free in their environment. Vast land area full of different animals like walking into nature itself. You can drive through, explore nature, watch animal herds, and lower your window shield to say hello and give them some treats. Very well maintained and recommended for family bonding/ outing... More 

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Houston, TX
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very expensive afternoon, but our 4 year old LOVED feeding the animals. Seemed to be one form of antelope after another, with the exception of the giraffes and zebras. The cafe was lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I love how the animals walked right up to your car, and you can feed and pet them! Had a great time!

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texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We had never been to a wildlife center where we could drive through it at our own pace (we were there on a day that wasn't crowded). It is located on beautiful acreage. We saw many animals we were familiar with and more that we weren't. We were provided with a guide to identify the various animals we saw. The... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We have been to wildlife preserves and "natural" zoos all over the country and this is our favorite by far! I agree that the favorites to feed are the giraffes, zebras, and emus. My granddaughter handfed several zebras and one let her rub the top of the face. Apparently that's not recommended as others have mentioned the zebras biting. The... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Wonderful for kids and adults, alike. The animals often come right up to the car to be fed, so you get an up-close and personal view of them. The ostrich, giraffe, and zebra are perhaps the most special. One ostrich stuck its long neck inside the car and kept poking around for the "animal friendly" food we bought at the... More 

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LUBBOCK, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The animals get so close to the car. We were told to not feed the zebras from your hand as they can bite a little. The emu (i think that's what they were?!) were hilarious and a little freaky. Nice views at the gift shop at the top of the hill and Christi at the restaurant was so helpful and... More 

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