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This Texas Drive-Thru Safari is an Adventure with Exotic Animals

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You don’t have to leave Texas to have a good time. But, then, we didn’t have to tell you that! If you’re looking for ways to gear up for a good time with the kids now that summer break is here, set your sights on Jacksonville, and the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. For up-close and personal encounters with creatures you’ve only dreamt of, this place has your plans all set!

Cherokee Trace is an East Texas nature preserve consisting of 300 acres. Endangered and exotic species can all be found here, including some you can’t find in any other part of the Lone Star State. Working to respectfully care for these animals, the park helps us (humans) to engage with these creatures in a variety of unique ways, including feed sacks provided for guests to interact closely with the animals.

This Texas Drive-Thru Safari is an Adventure with Exotic Animals

Photo: Facebook/Carol Cain

Camels, wildebeests, and yaks are just some of the many gentle creatures you and your family can marvel at within Cherokee Trace. Zebras, Watusi cattle, and a number of exotic bird species can also be found making a home here in the Piney Woods. On your journey through what seems like the wilds of Africa, the park’s 5-mile trail will produce great views of 700 animals from 35 species.

This Texas Drive-Thru Safari is an Adventure with Exotic Animals

Photo: Facebook/Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari takes approximately two hours to complete but the first feedbag is free. You might even want to purchase a second one at the gate before you set out, in order to ensure you don’t leave disappointed. Zebras, bison, and alpacas, among others, will be happy to see you dropping feed pellets as you go. There’s even a fenced-in enclosure for six alligators, which you can also feed! Summer in Texas doesn’t need to be a scramble for things to do. Just load up and get the family to Jacksonville for this one-of-a-kind adventure.