Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
When is the last time a zebra poked his head into your car window? Or a giraffe ate out of your hand? Take a safari through the beautiful Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose and you'll enjoy close encounters with a wide variety of exotic beasts while making memories that will last a lifetime.
Fossil Rim is a 1,800-acre wildlife preserve that is home to 1,100 rare and endangered animals that roam free in natural habitats. Started in the 1970s as a collection of exotic animals, Fossil Rim's focus has evolved into a mission for conservation of endangered animals, some on the brink of extinction. Primary importance is placed on the protection and proliferation of these fragile species; their successful breeding programs mean it's not unusual to see baby animals throughout the preserve.
Most visitors to Fossil Rim come for the scenic safari park tour, a 9.5-mile drive through hills, forests, and grassy plains. From the comfort of your car, you may see as many as 50 species of exotic animals, including cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, rhinos, antelopes, zebras, emus, and ostriches. Roll down your window and you may just get a visit from a giraffe or zebra asking for a snack. Halfway through the drive, take a break at The Overlook Café for delicious food surrounded by spectacular vistas. Visit the Children's Animal Center petting zoo, then browse the Nature Store for unique souvenirs and gifts.
Want a closer encounter with the animals? Fossil Rim offers many guided tours through parts of the preserve that are off-limits on the scenic drive. Bike trips, an early morning breakfast feeding, and a "Behind-the-Scenes" tour are just a few examples of the special adventures offered. Lodging options are also available at Fossil Rim. For the ultimate outdoor experience, stay in an African-style safari tent overlooking active wildlife viewing areas or opt for rustic luxury in one of the well-appointed rooms at The Lodge.
Spend a day or two at Fossil Rim to experience an authentic wildlife safari in Texas. You'll come away with a deeper appreciation of the animals we share the planet with, as well a greater understanding of the importance of protecting and preserving them.