Last month I was able to get up close and personal with wildlife. Did I fly to Africa and travel by Jeep into the heart of the Serengeti?
I went to Louisiana to visit my brother and his wife. While there, we drove to the small town of Folsom where the human population is listed as 716 according to the 2010 census. However, should you count the animals at Global Wildlife Center, which is in Folsom, that number would grow by at least 4,000.
Global Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization that encompasses 900 acres, allowing endangered and exotic species to cohabit and roam freely. (All of the animals are herbivores.)
The center is open 7 days a week and guided wagon tours are available ($19 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, $13 for children 2-11, and free for children under 2). You can purchase a family bucket of feed for $30 or a souvenir cup of feed for $2.00.
Family Size Bucket of Feed ($30)
The tours last for about an hour and a half. The caravan travels at a very slow pace and stops occasionally so that humans can feed the animals from the safety of the wagon.
The animals were a lot of fun to watch and feed. We were able to feed the llamas right out of our hands.
Some we fed by tossing feed onto the ground.
The zebras were fun to watch, too, except that their presence made the giraffes leave. (Giraffes don’t like zebras.)
Perhaps it was most fun watching the cows eat. Play the video and watch the cows tongues.
My family and I really enjoyed our trip. We took the basic safari tour. Next time, I would like to pay $35 per person and go on the Private Pinz Tour.
While we went in October, the weather was still quite warm, averaging in the 80’s. Bottled water is sold for $2 a bottle in the gift shop. They are large bottles and it’s a good idea to have one on the tour.
Before going, check the web or call (985) 796-3585 for safari times.
***You can see more pictures of the animals on Southern Kissed’s Facebook page.