Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
4.5
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
About
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, 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Stefanie M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best hidden gem in the area
    Was looking for something different to do on our recent trip to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and found this hidden gem. We opted for the guided tour instead of the self driving tour. It was the best decision. The guided tour was a solid 2 hours and we got so much information about the center and the animals. We got to hand feed the giraffe some lettuce and an ostrich that was very excited to see us. the rest of the animals were so happy to see the bus coming they ran over to it and we were able to toss kibble to them. The guides were engaging, fun, and very knowledgeable about everything. If you get to the area we highly recommend the guided tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • FeliciaDH
    Houston, Texas76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!
    Such an amazing place! I am a lifelong, born and raised Texan and never knew of this place until recently. Beautiful and well kept with so many animals. Well worth the trip here to see it. We were able to hand feed a giraffe which was so awesome. This is hands down the best wildlife park we've ever been to!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • txmomofjandr
    Plano, Texas164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Behind the Scenes Tour is worth it!
    Behind the scenes tour with Tom was amazing! He was highly knowledgeable and maneuvered in areas where regular patrons can’t go. As a result, we saw about 5 different animals that are in specialized breeding programs.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Patricia A
    Omaha, Nebraska11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Fossil Rim Guided Tour
    We are so glad we took the guided tour. Will was an excellent tour guide, very personable and knowledgeable. He gave us great information on every animal we came across, and he said we did see all of the animals this morning. If we had driven our own vehicle, we would have wondered what most of the animals were. It was absolutely worth every penny of the cost, and I would recommend it to everyone. Loved the tour !!!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2024
  • McKenzie C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’d do it again for sure
    Incredible for the family. My kids enjoyed it and got to feed a myriad of animals including giraffes. I’d recommend doing the tour in your own car to benefit from the A/C periodically but thats just me. Overall great experience. Highly recommend and would do it again if I’m ever back.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2024
  • Lorena M
    Pasadena, Texas9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best stop yet!
    We come here every year on our summer loop around to our favorites and it never disappoints! The littles love the animals and the dig which they save their treasures from every trip. I love the way our kids don’t complain about our no screen rule during camping!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2024
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Heidi Benson
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Debbie V
Grapevine, United States9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, TX53 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Y L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A great visit exceeding my expectation. Definitely enjoyed!

It was the Thanksgiving week, and weather was a bit cold and windy. Initially I was concerning a bit if animals will be hiding or not (since most appear to be from tropical area). We actually saw a lot, and I was told Oct & Nov are probably among the best time to visit!

We took the guided tour, and enjoy the tour through out. We got to see lots of animal in close range, and learnt quite a bit from the tour guide. The most favorite parts include feeding giraffe and ostrich, and watching two black bucks headbutting each other for 5 mins!

If you're thinking of visiting, you may need to plan at least one or two weeks ahead, as they only have 4 (?) guided tours each day, and each tour can only takes up to 20 persons.
Written November 30, 2022
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karu99
Florida197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Nola D
Odessa, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Gina H
Gordon, TX64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My husband and I took our 2 and 4-year old grandsons on the 10 am public guided tour - of course it would be hot, but the high that day would be in the 90’s (not over 100) and the safari vehicle would provide shade, wouldn’t it? First, it was definitely worth it to spring for the tour as the guide made our visit much more interesting and fun. However, they had sold every seat on the vehicle. We thought the back row would provide great views, but unfortunately the roof more often than not did not shade the back row. It was miserable especially when the vehicle was standing still so there was no breeze. I would think Fossil Rim would be aware of this and not sell every seat on their tours during the summer heat. They did not reply to my feedback.
Written September 19, 2023
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ccbDallas
University Park, TX85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
There are tons of animals to see but they are letting way to many people in and you are stuck behind everyone in front of you. Do not go on a weekend if you go it is solid cars from start to finish. It took 2 hours to get half way through the park.
Written May 31, 2020
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Mindy P
Woodway, TX28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Homer, AK511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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