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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Supporting Endangered Species Preservation and Survival in the Heart of Texas

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One of the world’s foremost animal conservation sites, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, located in Glen Rose, Texas, provides an opportunity for visitors to experience a Texas-sized taste of Africa. Encompassing seventeen hundred acres, and home to more than one thousand animals, Fossil Rim cares for approximately fifty different species which visitors can see via drive-thru tour of the park. Another option for getting up close and personal with the animals is to or spend the night in a tented cabin on-site and take the morning safari guided tour in open-air vehicles!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Supporting Endangered Species Preservation and Survival in the Heart of Texas

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Enjoy animals you would normally only see at a distance from the comfort of your own vehicle. Supplement this experience with behind the scenes tours as well as educational opportunities. While Fossil Rim Wildlife Center provides this unique African-like safari experience to visitors, its main objective is to assist in the preservation of endangered species – the first facility of its kind to be accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Supporting Endangered Species Preservation and Survival in the Heart of Texas

Photo: Facebook/Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

The concept for Fossil Rim began when businessman Tom Mantzel of Fort Worth bought an exotic game ranch in 1974. With a growing personal concern for the loss of world habitats and specific species extinction, Mantzel chose to experiment with a captive breeding program on the ranch. By 1982, the property had partnered with the American Zoo & Aquarium Association in an effort to help repopulate Grevy’s zebras becoming the first ranch to partner in a species survival plan. Due to the success of this work, the ranch coordinated efforts with the U.S. government to allow the importation of cheetahs from South Africa, and this program evolved into Fossil Rim’s greatest propagation success story, with over one hundred and fifty cheetahs being born to date at the property.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Supporting Endangered Species Preservation and Survival in the Heart of Texas
Photo: Facebook/Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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