In 1984, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center embarked on a journey to open up a “ranch” to conserve nonnative wildlife and share it with the public. At the time, there were 1,400 acres, several herds of various species, a handful of staff, and on the peak days, we were lucky to have 10 visitors. If you have visited Fossil Rim recently, it might be hard to envision the days when there weren’t any cheetahs, rhinos, wolves, or many of the other threatened and endangered species here today. With hard work, determination, a guiding conservation mission, and the support of our visitors, Fossil Rim is now home to 1,100 animals of 55 species that roam on 1,800 acres.
Fossil Rim prides itself on being one of the leaders in the conservation of wildlife and the preservation of the land they live on. Many of the wildlife species you support at Fossil Rim are endangered or threatened, and our breeding programs help contribute to populations for assurance, study, and sometimes reintroduction to the wild. 2020 has welcomed hundreds of babies to sustain these populations – it’s hard to provide an exact number as we see new ones all the time. These range widely from addax calves to Attwater’s prairie chickens to cheetah cubs, and we wanted to share a few!