They are very shaggy looking birds and lay some huge dark blue-green eggs which are pretty tough to crack. They have no problem coming right up to the cars to get their food. Like the Ostrich, they can have quite a hard peck.
The Llama is known for the name ‘Beast of Burden’ and in the US they have become popular as pack animals and companions. They appear very graceful creatures but when agitated they can bite and spit. They don’t hold back on coming up for food either.
This large domesticated bird originates from Africa and is the largest bird in the world. Full grown adult birds can stand up to 8 ft tall and weigh in at 300 lbs. One of their eggs is equivalent in volume to 24 chicken eggs.
You won’t find these Sable Antelope getting up close and personal. The are nomadic by nature and in their native land Africa, tend to stray from protected reserves which makes it difficult to protect them. They can certainly defend themselves however by attacking with their horns and hark pointed hooves.
The captive oryx as seen on this protected reserve have saved this species from going into extinction. In their native lands in Northern Africa, hunting, competition with domestic livestock for food and droughts are slowly reducing the numbers.
The American White Tails usually prefer areas with plenty of vegetation where they can hide. In winter their coats are a brownish grey with light underbelly’s. In summer their coats can change to reddish brown. They were pretty active when we were there although they are usually most active in the early morning and late evening.
If you choose not to do your own drive tour there are various tours you can take. One will take you behind the scenes to areas which are not open to the general public. You can see wolves, black rhino and other endangered species. The tour is about 2 hours. You will get a free scenic wildlife drive pass as well. Another is an All Day Adventure tour with a guide which takes you through the backroads of the wildlife center. You can talk to the animal care specialists and have lunch with a member of the park.
There is also a Wildlife Feeding Tour which is only on Saturday mornings (for 2 adults only) You can help prepare the food and accompany an expert on their routine inspection/feeding routine.
The other tracks you will see are of the duckbilled dinosaur which was only 30ft long. Best time to view the tracks is late summer when the water level is usually low. You can ring the park to check before visiting. This is a good time also when the summer holidays are also over. When we were there in October, the weather was perfect and it was fairly busy.
Admission to the park is $5.00 per adult, no charge for children under 12. (2003) This is for the whole day where you can make full use of the park and facilities, but if you are just wanting to see the tracks (which are only a few), you may want to just visit the County Courthouse in downtown Glen Rose where they have a track set in stone on the side of the gazebo.
As you are leaving the park, outside the perimeter, there are a few buffalo grazing by a watering hole. The buffalo is a symbol of the American old west. A large bull can reach around 2000 lbs.
At Fossil Rim they have a special pasture to manage the herd which meet the desired standards and because of this, they have managed to propagate and produce numerous offspring over the years.
The Axis fawns are a common sight as they breed all year round. The axis deer has become rare in some of its original areas due to hunting or agricultural development.
The Axis Deer are such beautiful creatures, they are often known too as Chital. They have well defined small spots on a rich red-brown coat with three-tined antlers.
The antlers on these antelopes are quite striking – sticking diagonally straight back. They were imported over 50 years ago and are more abundant in Texas than in India where it is originally from.
These domesticated Llamas originate from southern Peru to north-western Argentina and have been around for thousands of years. They are a good source of wool, fuel and food in the Andes.