In the photo: Employee Hannah Windham, left, feeds Gerald, one of two giraffes at Aggieland Safari, as Katherine Mendoza visits the park on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Aggieland Safari opened the large gates to their drive-thru safari and zoo in May, featuring 250 acres of adventure and more than 700 bird and 300 mammal and reptile species.
Click here to take a tour of Aggieland Safari.
Franklin Drive Thru Safari is a short drive away from Bryan-College Station, nestled on U.S. 79 in Franklin that boasts a drive through animal adventure park spanning more than 100 acres.
Within a day’s drive of Aggieland, there are several quality zoos. At Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, you can encounter Bornean orangutans and Komodo dragons at the Asian Forest and experience a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium in the Brazos River Country exhibit.
The Houston Zoo houses more than 6,000 animals, including the white rhinoceros and Masai giraffe at the African Forest, and a rescued sea turtle, a giant Pacific octopus and moon jellyfish at the Kipp Aquarium.
The Austin Zoo — known as a “rescue zoo” for animals that were abused, or exotic pets, or older animals from other locations — houses such big cats as African lions and Bengal tigers.
The Dallas Zoo is split into two major regions: the ZooNorth and the Wilds of Africa. ZooNorth includes an endangered tiger habitat, a petting zoo and a koala walkabout. The Wilds of Africa houses Penguin Cove, Chimpanzee Forest and the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari.
The Fort Worth Zoo features all four species of the great ape (bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and organgutans). It has one of the largest reptile collections in the country.
At the San Antonio Zoo, visitors can watch a hippopotamus, the Nile crocodile and African cichlids through underwater viewing windows, or check out elephants, zebras, giraffes and rhinoceros in the Africa Live! exhibit.