Merry Christmas y’all! In the bit of downtime that I have from the holidays, I’m excited to share about my Texan wildlife safari from last week. Yeah you heard that right…a couple of hours away from Dallas is Fossil Rim Wildlife Center that allows visitors to drive through in their own car and feed endangered animals. Deer, antelope, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs…we saw them all. It was such a wild experience (ha!) – check it out!
Ahaha, this emu was our very first visitor! After minutes of imitating/hooting at it from our car, it finally wandered over to us.
Truth be told, I was kind of scared of it. In fact, I have a mild fear of birds…but Qian was the brave one who offered the emu feed from a piece of paper. Just watching it peck at the paper made me nervous…
Next, we drove to another area that was just filled with hoofed creatures. Many of them are endangered or threatened species that are a part of the park’s captive breeding programs.
There was no way I’d hand-feed the emu, but the deer were ok! It was a bit of a slimy business, but it felt so unreal that these animals would eat from our hands.
After seeing this antelope hit our car with its antlers after Qian tried to pet it, I resolved that I liked deer better. They’re beautiful, gentle creatures (unless you put two hormonal males together, I presume)!
We felt it was best to drive away from that herd…
Then found this guy.
Soon, all we saw were deer. Even a pretty white (albino?) deer!
And then we encountered a fearless European red deer.
He shamelessly wanted all the foods.
I guess it’s easy to feel sorry for these animals since they’re stuck in captivity. But it’s way better than most zoos, since these animals get to roam around in acres of land. If there’s one thing that Texas has, it’s lots and lots of land.
At last, we came upon real, live zebras. I never thought I’d see this day.
Before I knew it, another one silently appeared on the other side of the car.
So if you were ever wondering, this is what the INSIDE OF A ZEBRA’S MOUTH looks like.
Haha wow, those guys were nuts. But they sure made our day!
There were also giraffes, but they were behind gates that day. Otherwise we would’ve fed them too! crycry
And don’t forget the petting zoo…
It was one of the cleanest petting zoos I’ve ever been to. With the cutest little stubby-legged goats.
We rounded out the day with a few more deer:
And a final, scary af ostrich:
It pecked at and grabbed the entire bag of feed out of Qian’s hand! Of all the animals, it was probably the scariest. With its long neck and strong beak, I would not want that ostrich anywhere near my head.
What an experience! Have you been on a safari before? Now it would be so cool to go on a real African safari some day. A girl could dream…
Thanks for reading!