My family and I decided to take a trip to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center to tour the 1800 acres and to see most of the 1100 animals that roam freely in the large pastures, putting them in near natural conditions. We picked a cool Saturday morning and arrived at Fossil Rim just after they opened. Make sure you check to see what the hours are because they change throughout the year. When we went they were open from 8:30am to the last car entering at 4:30pm. November – March they close at 3:30pm.
When we entered the park we were greeted by the Addax. My family wanted to ride in the back of our truck while I drove to make it easier to feed the animals. The Addax would come up to the car and take the food from your hand.
The Scimitar-horned Oryx were cool to look at. Their horns curve back in an arc. They also had a unique detail to them.
The Axis deer, as you can see, were different. They can be found in India, Lanka, Nepal and Sikkim. Their antlers are amazing with distinctive markings.
This Fallow Deer had antlers that were shaped like open hands. He didn’t stick around too long. He was a little camera shy.
The Gemsbok were a little ways away from the road when we passed. The males and females have horns that can reach 48 inches long. They are one of the few antelope species that can protect themselves from preditors.
This European Red Deer was huge. Just look at that guy. Noah liked feeding him.
Some babies would also come up to the car so you could feed them. The kids loved feeding them.
Fossil Rim is home to one of the largest Wildebeest captive herds in the world. I didn’t know that both male and female Wildebeest have horns.
Ok, now my family’s favorite, the giraffes. If you have never fed one you have got to take the opportunity to do so. This was so much fun.
Fun Fact: Giraffes are the tallest living land animals
Just look at how beautiful these animals are!
Fun Fact: The patterns on a giraffe are unique to each one, just like the fingerprints of a human
Giraffes are known to be in North Eastern Africa, Somalia, and northern Kenya.
Just look at this young giraffe eat from this tree with its long tongue.
This Aoudad was just chilling along the road as we drove by.
Jagger liked feeding this guy. You had to watch out for those antlers, they were huge.
It doesn’t look like it from the picture but these Southern White Rhinos are very big. After the elephant, they are the second largest land animal and can charge at speeds of 35 mph. That’s amazing for something that large and the larger horn can grow up to 5 ft. long.
The weekday pricing to get into the park is $21.95 per person and $15.95 for a child. 2 and under are free.
The weekend pricing is $25.95 per person and $19.95 for a child. 2 and under are free.
A bag of animal feed is $7.00. You can only purchase one bag of feed per vehicle.
They did offer a military and first responder discount.
I know the prices seem high but it was well worth the adventure. It took our family about 2 hours to go through the park. Fossil Rim also has a cafe called the Overlook Cafe that allowed you to look out over part of the park. The prices seemed normal and not overpriced.
Fossil Rim is approximately 59 miles southwest of Fort Worth. An hour and 4-minute drive.