Where can you go to get up close and personal with wildlife without flying to Africa and traveling by Jeep into the heart of the Serengeti? Global Wildlife Center.
Located in Folsom, Louisiana, 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 are a lot of fun to watch and feed. You can even feed the llamas right out of your hands.
Don't want the animals to eat out of your hand? It's okay to toss the feed on the ground.
The zebras are fun to watch, too, except that their presence makes giraffes leave. (Giraffes don't like zebras.)
Perhaps it was most fun watching the cows eat.
Play the video to watch cows eating.
At the end of a tour, visitors can purchase gifts and mementos of their trip at the gift shop.
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.