Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose: Hours, Address, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
4.5
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is where Africa comes to Texas. Our 1,800-acre facility offers a 7.2-mile scenic drive where you can interact with approximately 1,100 exotic and endangered animals roaming free in herds. Drive through in your car, reserve your spot on a guided tour, or even spend a night at our Foothills Safari Camp or The Lodge to see 50-plus 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 Nature Store offers an array of 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 in peril. Fossil Rim conducts scientific research, trains professionals, responsibly manages our natural resources, and is committed to public education.
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damonnola
Odessa, TX5 contributions
Feb 2022
Loved it! My granddaughter and I did a guided tour and a self guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer everyone's questions. We did the self guided tour on a cold morning. some of the animals, especially the cheetahs, were ore active. We were able to see 2 cheetahs run toward a zebra that came within site of their enclosure. We also stayed in a cabin for one night. If you're looking for hotel accommodations, don't do this, but it was fun to sit on the porch and watch the animals at the watering hole.
Written February 16, 2022
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karu99
Florida185 contributions
Oct 2021
This is an amazing park. Super clean, the animals are well cared for. We have been to a number of drive through wildlife parks and this is the best by far. So many of the animals were close enough to easily photograph, one of the largest giraffes came right over to us and ate the feed pellets from our hands. You are given a cup of pellets when you enter and they ask you only hand feed the giraffes, for the other animals just toss them on the ground. I I would say to go early, the animals are much more active and hungry. We had lunch at the Overlook Cafe, like the name says the fire is great. Had a patty melt, it was delicious. There is also a gift shop with a lot of unique and reasonably priced item. We really enjoyed our day, if you are in the Dallas-Fort worth or surrounding area this is a must see.
Written October 26, 2021
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amanda p
Houston9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We had such a great visit that we decided to go back for another self guided tour the following day. The second time around was just as wonderful as the first and ended up being extra special because we got to feed a sweet giraffe this time around. The animals all look well tended to and happy. The park was beautifully maintained and the staff was all friendly & wearing masks since we visited during the pandemic. A generous bag of animal feed pellets is provided at the entrance- 1 per car. The park opens at 8:30 and I’d advise to go early if possible. The first trip we arrived at 8:35 and there were about 6 cars in front of us. The next day we decided to try to get there an hour later to see if that changed which animals were active. When we arrived there were about 10 cars in front of us but the line moved quickly. Upon exiting though, roughly 11am, the car line was down the street. I imagine they moved through those cars as quickly as the morning so don’t let that dissuade you, just set your expectations accordingly. This park isn’t something you want to do in a hurry! There were plenty port-o-potties at the entrance and half way through at the overlook. We had a fantastic time & was a much needed break from the stress of the world! I’d highly recommend to families of all ages.
Written July 3, 2020
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Heidi Benson
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Sep 2020 • Family
I was there on September 12 with four adults three children one of the adults was 13. I spent $160. It took us four hours to get through the wildlife center because of the traffic we sat many times for 20 minutes at a time. There was also only about five different species of animals that came to the road to be fed others were not to be seen. I could’ve stayed in the traffic in Fort WorthAnd save the $160. Given that we are required to make reservations for certain times I did not expect the long long lines of cars and traffic. It’s very disappointing and not very many animals to feed on top of that. Do not wish to experience that again
Written September 15, 2020
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Trip4AWeekend
Watauga, TX217 contributions
Aug 2020
I felt like a kid on a field trip spending the morning here. I was pleasantly surprised at how many animals will come up to the car so you can feed them. The giraffes are the star of the show here and come up to the car so you can handfeed them, which my husband and I both got to do. Make sure you stop at the gift shop and check out the overview of the park as it is amazing!
Written August 22, 2020
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Balann
8 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Had the opportunity to take my granddarlins to the public guided tour. I’ve been here several times w my daughters 30+ years ago, and this was making more memories.

The safaris truck holds 16 persons in an open- air lorry, and enjoyed the whole experience with a super guide Denisse.

But the very best…is the giraffes, just like years ago. They came to our truck, and as long as we treated them they stayed with us. What an amazing experience with these extraordinary animals. Thank you for the memories. $40 per person for an experience of a lifetime. Want to go again, and probably will next month during Christmas holidays.
Written November 27, 2021
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Debbie V
Grapevine, United States9 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Visited fossil rim today and was extremely disappointed that we drove so far to see so little. The owners are making a fortune during this pandemic. The $47 price For a senior and a teen was inflated and we didn’t get to see hardly any animals. Like a previous reviewer, we probably saw 30 deer and a few antelope, one ostrich from a distance, three rhinos from a distance and caught a glimpse of a cheetah but he wasn’t close enough to photograph. Never did see the giraffes or zebras. Came home with most of the bag of food. Hope the rabbit in my backyard will eat it!
Written May 28, 2020
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Carla M
Fort Worth, TX52 contributions
Mar 2020
We have been here before, and we have seen many more animals come to the car for food than what we experienced Monday, March 9, 2020. We paid $85 for a 2 hour trip where we drove our car. We came back with almost all of our animal feed bag. We only had 3 groups of animals come up near the car to feed. The zebras, giraffes, emus, ostrich, and deer would not even move out of the grass/trees to come near the road. We arrived around 945am. This is an amazing place, and we have enjoyed it in the past. However, this time, our money just went clearly as a donation.
Written March 11, 2020
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stennerc
Fort Worth, TX489 contributions
Aug 2020
First, what a great thing this business is doing, acting as a conservationist business for multiple species that are in peril.

The drive along the roads was easy and eventful. Many of the various types of horned animals, along with Emus and Ostriches, were found along side the road path, seemingly just waiting for the feed to be thrown out to them. In the grasses and under shaded trees were many more such animals that could be seen pretty easily.

The cheetah was hard to spot, since it was a blistering hot Texas summer day, as it was lying in shade, but it was beautiful. The rhinos were far away from the road path, under trees.

With the feeding of these various animals, an ostrich deciding to peck away at my windshield - just because, and had the luck to handfeed one of the giraffes, it was a great first visit.

The misses - (1) the animal feedback provided should be per paid visitor, not a small single plastic cup, (with Fossil Rim logo), for a single vehicle. By the time one reaches the half way point (the cafe) the feed is gone or nearly gone. What about having a "feed refill station" at the cafe ? Or provide feed for each PAID visitor. (2) Create a habitat for the Rhinos that is closer to the road path, I understand there is risk here to cars passing by, but there must be some way, right ?
Written August 30, 2020
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Mindy P
Woodway, TX28 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
I always enjoy coming to the park. Since Covid and you have to reserve a spot and arrive between certain hours, the lines of cars is long throughout the park. The drive thru is still fun, but I just don’t like it quite so crowded.
Written July 22, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM