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An adventure awaits at Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari

See dozens of exotic animals at the new drive thru safari park north of Jefferson.

Nestled in the woods north of Jefferson, Tex. lies one of the newest attractions of 2019. Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari park hosts over 75 exotic animals. Drive through the preserve and see bison, zebras, Longhorn cattle, wildebeest, zebus, camels and many species of deer and antelope.

One of two camels you will encounter.

Spend an hour or two driving along the trail for some great photo opportunities (stay in your car). If you want, purchase a bucket of feed and some of the wildlife will approach your vehicle. The staff will tell you the best way of feeding the animals.

Bashinga Deer Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari
Recognize a Bashinga Deer by its ears.

After the drive, stop and visit the petting farm. Let the kids interact with a pot-bellied pig, a camel, an alpaca and pygmy goats.

Know before you go!

Lonesome Dove Drive-Thru Safari has some ground rules to keep you and the animals safe.

  • Stay inside your vehicle at all times. Riding in the bed of a truck is prohibited.

  • Do NOT FEED ANIMALS from your hand.

  • Must have car windows either all the way up or all the way down.

  • Stay on the safari road.

  • Remove flags, balls, or any other objects from the outside of your vehicle.

  • The speed limit is 5 MPH.

  • Feed the animals with ONLY the food we provide.

  • NO ALCOHOL allowed on the property.

  • NO DOGS allowed on the┬áproperty.

  • Keep doors closed at all times. Jeeps must have side doors and a top. Convertibles must have top up.

The bison are pretty tame.

The park opens at 10:30 am everyday and closes one hour before sunset. They close on holidays. Call them at 903-240-6180 to ensure that they are open. Find them two miles north of Jefferson along US Highway 59. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 per child. Discounts are available for Military and First Responders. If you have a group, bring them out for the adventure. Call before arriving to discuss options and pricing.

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