A wildlife center in Glen Rose, Fossil Rim is located about an hour and a half from Dallas and includes 1,400 acres of forest, hill and valley terrain with 1,100 wild animals and 50 species!
Updated March 2021
Fossil Rim drive-thru safari has been around for more than 30 years and is the first facility of its kind to have been accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. It’s a non profit that specializes in captive breeding programs for indigenous and exotic endangered and threatened species.
Zebras, giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, emus, wildebeasts, bison, wolves and even cheetahs live in the pastures of Fossil Rim! Fun fact: more than 200 cheetahs have been born here! Explore all the endangered species online before you go. At the park, different species are separated into different areas or into enclosures, like the rhinos and cheetahs.
Open everyday, the extensive safari park allows you to drive your car along the 9 mile road to meet the animals. Some, like the wolves, can only been seen through a guided tour, and some animals you see from afar from their enclosures. Others roam freely and will even come up to your car to say hi and ask for a snack! Roll down your windows and the friendly and hungry ones will put their faces into your car, while others, especially the babies, will hope you throw food their way.
The best part? The giraffes. These are the only animals the park allows you to feed by hand (even though it happens with the others anyway because they come up to you). Open your sun roof and hold out your hand and the giraffes will lean their giant necks over and stick their tongue out. When comfortable enough, they’ll even stick their heads inside your car! But make sure to check weather before you go. If it’s below 50 degrees, or there’s a chance of lightning, the giraffes won’t be out!
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $25/adult on weekends with feed bags for $7 each. For more of an adventure, opt for a behind-the-scenes tour, a crack-of-dawn tour or a safari tour, each allowing you to see more than the 9-mile drive. Regardless of how you do it, it’s an incredibly cool activity we have so close!