Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: January 1, 1995

Updated: November 25, 2017

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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is on U.S. Highway 67 just southwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County. The 1,800-acre park, which opened in 1987, is operated by the nonprofit organization Earth Promise to manage and breed endangered species, conduct research, and provide education. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America, and the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria. Since 2005 it has also served as the headquarters of the Conservation Centers for Species Survival consortium. In 2017 Fossil Rim had fifty species of exotic animals from Africa, Asia, and South and North America, including giraffes, cheetahs, addaxes, oryxes, rhinoceroses, and red wolves. In 2017 the preserve maintained more than 1,100 animals. Visitors can view the animals on a ten-mile internal roadway or spend "safari" weekends at the park. Facilities include a petting pasture, a nature trail, a picnic area, a gift shop and restaurant, a main lodge for overnight guests, eight bunkhouses, and seven bungalows.

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Christopher Long, “Fossil Rim Wildlife Center,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021,

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January 1, 1995
November 25, 2017