A Texan Wildlife Safari

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!

Emu in Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Ahaha, this emu was our very first visitor! After minutes of imitating/hooting at it from our car, it finally wandered over to us.

Emu in Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Emu in Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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…

Emu in Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Mama and baby!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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)!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

We felt it was best to drive away from that herd…

Then found this guy.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Sort of looks like a donkey?
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
It was a ninny and refused to come near us, even though we had food.
So here I am, blissfully feeding my deer again <3

Soon, all we saw were deer. Even a pretty white (albino?) deer!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Can you spot the other deer in this forest? :O
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer
Mo’ money, mo’ food.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer
Isn’t this one so pretty?!

And then we encountered a fearless European red deer.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Deer

He shamelessly wanted all the foods.

I told you it was a slimy business!! Look at that tongue!
Ultimate fail =_= His tongue lolled about and pushed the feed off my hand…along with a thread of his slime.

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.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Run free, my friends.

At last, we came upon real, live zebras. I never thought I’d see this day.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Zebras
If you squint enough, you can pretend that this is in Africa.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Zebras
At first they seemed very tame.
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But then they started to want MORE FOOD!

Before I knew it, another one silently appeared on the other side of the car.

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So if you were ever wondering, this is what the INSIDE OF A ZEBRA’S MOUTH looks like.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Zebras
“MOOOAAARR!”

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

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Giraffes

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:

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
SHO CUTE!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

And a final, scary af ostrich:

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center 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!

  • I’ve never been here, but I want to check it out! It reminds me a little of Sharkarosa, but slightly more interactive.

    • Oh yeah it’s very similar to Sharkarosa but MUCH bigger. But you can’t really pet any of the animals…just feed them (carefully)!

  • this is so cool omg!! such an amazing experience

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