A friend and I drove from Austin to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center south of Fort Worth and spent two half days and a night there. When we arrived, we drove through the park like setting on our own
using the pass that came with our accommodations at the lodge (separate review.) The road is paved and in fairly good condition. Since it was a cool day, in the mid-fifties, we saw many of the animals who live there in the open. Many are endangered species and a major part of the Fossil Rim reason for existence is their breeding programs to save these species. They're a non-profit organization and are funded in part by folks like us who pay for the privilege of seeing "wild" animals in a natural habitat. This includes, but is not limited to, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, rhinos, many types of antelope and oryks, cheetahs, European red deer, and many, many more. The next morning we had a very nicely done breakfast and then took another tour - this time in an open vehicle with a driver/guide who took us behind the scenes and shared his extensive knowledge of the animals and stories about the center with us. We were given ample food to feed the animals and it was so much fun seeing them come so close. I highly recommend this as a great place to visit and one that is extremely family friendly.
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