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A Visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. There's something incredibly special about getting up close and personal with nature, and a visit to the facility in Glen Rose, Texas, offers incredible and unique encounters.

The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is located about:

  • 2 hours southwest of Dallas,

  • 4 hours from Houston,

  • 2 & 1/2 hours from Austin and

  • 3 & 1/2 hours from San Antonio.

Fossil Rim isn't your typical zoo experience. Here, the animals roam free, and the humans are the ones in enclosures (well, in your cars and trucks, anyway 😆). Their website is easy to navigate, purchase tickets and learn more about the animals currently under their protection.

Let's discover what makes Fossil Rim a must-visit destination for nature lovers and conservation enthusiasts alike. C'mon, let's go see one of the wild sides of Texas!

Overlook at Fossil Rim

The Self-Guided Adventure through Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

As you enter Fossil Rim, prepare to be the master of your own adventure. They do provide several versions of timed and guided expeditions. They even have a "behind the scenes tour" in which visitors get to see parts of the acreage, paddocks and animals (like wolves and black rhinos) not available on other tours.

The self-guided tours are the heart of the Fossil Rim experience, however. Imagine driving through 1,800 acres of scenic landscapes where over 1,100 animals from around 50 species live almost as they would in the wild.

You'll start your journey with a map, guidebook and food pellets, setting out on a 7.2-mile drive through the park. The beauty of a self-guided tour is the freedom it offers, which is why I took this particular tour. You can take your time, stopping to watch a herd of wildebeest be lazy or maybe a blackbuck watching you watch him.


One of the most exciting aspects is the opportunity to feed some of the animals. Picture this: a gentle giraffe bending down to your car window, its long tongue taking the food right from your hand. Hearing the kids squeal with joy in the surrounding cars makes this part worth the drive for sure. It's a monumental interaction that fosters a deeper connection, hopefully for a lifetime, with these magnificent creatures and an understanding of their importance in our world and why they deserve protection for years to come.

Young Giraffe

Wildlife Wonders

The diversity of animals at Fossil Rim is impressive. From majestic giraffes and rhinos to cheery ostriches and delicate gazelles, each turn of the road brings a new surprise. You might catch a glimpse of a cheetah resting with cubs or in the distance hear the neigh of mountain zebras and so many more.

Cheetah cubs

Remember, these animals are not just here for our viewing pleasure; they're part of important conservation efforts. Fossil Rim is actively involved in breeding programs for endangered species, research and education. By visiting, you're contributing to these vital efforts.

The Significance in Wildlife Conservation

Fossil Rim is a pioneer in conservation. Their work in species recovery, particularly with cheetahs and other endangered species, is commendable. The center actively participates in research and collaborates with other conservation organizations worldwide to release species back into the wild to help repopulate where their numbers have dwindled and suffered.

What's truly remarkable is their focus on education.

T.W.A.N.G. Logo

Fossil Rim believes in

educating the public about wildlife conservation, and their efforts are evident throughout the park. Information boards, guided tours, and educational programs for all ages make learning about conservation accessible and engaging.

So Why Visit Fossil Rim?

It's simple. It offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and contribute to its preservation. Each visit supports their conservation efforts, ensuring that these spectacular creatures have a fighting chance in our ever-changing world.

Where we're increasingly disconnected from nature, Fossil Rim offers a chance to reconnect, to learn and to be part of something bigger than ourselves. It's not just a day out; it's an experience that could change the way you see the world and your place in it.

As you leave Fossil Rim, you'll take with you not just memories of the animals you've seen but a deeper understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation. And who knows, it might just inspire you to become an advocate for nature in your own way.

So, pack your snacks, charge your camera and set off on a journey to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. It promises to be an adventure that's as enriching as it is entertaining.

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