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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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Address: 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043
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+1 254-897-2960

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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Giraffes in your car!

Awesome drive-through safari. Kids can feed animals right outside their window! Buy the bag of food and enjoy a long (three hour) car ride. You can take a break halfway through... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Awesome drive-through safari. Kids can feed animals right outside their window! Buy the bag of food and enjoy a long (three hour) car ride. You can take a break halfway through and eat at the cafe overlooking the park. Better idea - bring some food and have a picnic, because the cafe is pretty limited. Kids had a great time... More 

Thank MerBear480
Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You purchase your ticket. They give you a casette or CD to listen to, and you drive conservative and it tells you about the area and the animals that you are going through.

Thank Clint F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Coming here is hands down one of my favorite things to do. Granted you're not suppose to feed the animals by hand but I mean come on how can you resist the opportunity to hand feed a giraffe?? To me the cost is affordable, the feed is only $8 a bag. The experience will always vary based on the temperament... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I visit frequently and absolutely love this place. Our favorites are the Giraffes and Elk. Each time we go it is always different. It is so cool to see the animals come up to your vehicle. It is a fun, family atmosphere. We haven't done any of the tours yet but plan too soon.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw many animals from giraffes to emus to zebras to various members of the antelope and deer family up close and in natural surroundings. The opportunity to feed these and other animals and see cheetahs so close brings the safari experience close to the Fort Worth-Dallas metropolitan area. Dallas zoo membership brings the admission down by 50%. The facilities... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This adventure was easy to find, quick to purchase tickets, and nine miles of beautiful animals that came up to our car. From Grandpa to parents and my 2 year old grand child we all enjoyed this laid back adventure. Camera shots of zebras and giraffes eating out of our hand are priceless! Half way through the park, we stopped... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a truck and put all of our group in the bed of the truck with blankets. This was a great way to get the animals to come to you. It really paid off when we came to the giraffes you do run the risk of not having a good trip depending on the animal activity but overall this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a guided tour and it was awesome! I got to see the cheetahs, and learned so much! IT was so nice to be able to view and touch the animals from a safe distance insead of worrying about them scratching my car.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited here seven or eight times over the years while the kids were growing up and it's always been a treat. I just went again last weekend with the "kids" who are now 20 and 22 and it was still a great time. New baby giraffe was the hit of the day. One of the things that has always... More 

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bought food at the beginning, fed Antelope, Giraffes, Wildabeast and others. Make sure you ration the food as not to run out before you finish your trip.

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