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.
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 ($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.
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.)
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.)
We enjoyed watching the cows eat the most.
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.
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.)
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.
The Global Wildlife Center is located at 26389 Highway 40 in Folsom. It is just over an hour’s drive north of New Orleans.