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Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana. A must-visit attraction during your New Orleans vacation, this wildlife sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with extraordinary animals. Enjoy a scenic safari tour, feed exotic creatures, and learn about conservation.

Giraffe in front of a tree.

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.)

Global Wildlife Center.

Tickets

The center is open 7 days a week and guided wagon tours are available ($21 for adults, $19 for senior citizens, $15 for children 2-11, and free for children under 2).  You can book your tour online via the Global Wildlife Center website.

Guided Wagon 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.

Wildlife caravan in Louisiana.

You can purchase a family bucket of feed for $35 or a souvenir cup of feed for $5.00. (We bought the bucket so that we would have plenty.)

Bucket of animal feed.
Family Size Bucket of Feed ($30)

The animals are a lot of fun to watch and feed.  You can even feed the llamas right out of your hands.

Feeding alpacas out of human hands.

Don’t want the animals to eat out of your hand?  It’s okay to toss the feed on the ground.

Feeding animals from a caravan.

The zebras are fun to watch, too, except that their presence makes giraffes leave.  (Giraffes don’t like zebras.)

Feeding a zebra from a caravan.

We enjoyed watching the cows eat the most.

Play the video to watch cows eating.

YouTube video

At the end of a tour, visitors can purchase gifts and mementos of their trip at the gift shop.

Gift shop toys.

Tours and Events

In addition to the guided wagon tours, guests can book a private Pinz Tour. (A Pinz is a high-mobility all-terrain military utility vehicle. They were developed in the late 1960s in Austria. The name “Pinzgauer” is derived from the Pinzgauer breed of cattle, which is native to Austria. These military vehicles are known for their robust design and versatile off-road capabilities, making them suitable for various military and civilian applications. The Pinzgauer has been used by military forces and adapted for civilian use in roles such as transportation and expedition vehicles.)

The wagons can accommodate up to 8 people and can go where other wagons can’t. Rates are $49.95 per person.

Private Party Rentals are available at the center and can accommodate up to 50 people. Treehouse rentals cost $300 and include tables, chairs, and tablecloths. (Admission to the center is not included in the rental.)

For the ultimate birthday, consider booking a Birthday Party Tour. For $300, you get 2 hours in the Treehouse along with tables, chairs, and tablecloths, 2 adult and 10 child safari wagon passes, a birthday announcement on the tour, and a bucket of feed. (Additional tickets may be purchased.)

Trip Tips

Book your tour before going on the website. You don’t want to make the trip only to find out that they are fully booked or closed for maintenance.

Buy a large bottle of water for $2 in the gift shop.  It’s a good idea to have one on the tour. Trust me on this. 

Location

The Global Wildlife Center is located at 26389 Highway 40 in Folsom. It is just over an hour’s drive north of New Orleans.

If you are in Louisiana, be sure to read our posts about One Day in New Orleans, The Best Place to Eat in Mandeville, and The Shack in Covington.

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