Global Wildlife Center
Largest Free Roaming Preserve in America
Nestled among the back roads of southeastern Louisiana, near Folsom, is a very unique wildlife preserve. Global Wildlife Center is the largest, totally free roaming preserve in the country. Animals of the grasslands from all over the world, some endangered or protected, make their home in the natural settings of the preserve. Safari tours are available which feature feeding the animals.
Global Wildlife is a great day trip for the whole family and is within easy driving distance from Baton Rouge, New Orleans or western Mississippi. It is open throughout the year, so a trip across the Lake to see the animals could be combined with the fun of Mardi Gras or any other celebration.
Global Wildlife is a Fun, Learning Adventure for the Whole Family.
The Adventure Begins
We love to visit wildlife parks and zoos, especially good ones, so we feel exceptionally lucky to have a treasure like Global Wildlife Center just a few miles away. We visited the preserve in spring when many of the baby animals were just venturing out.
The trip begins at the welcome center where a great gift shop is located. Here is Al, hugging his new friend, Rosie the pot bellied pig, goodbye right before we boarded the safari wagons. A cup of corn is included in the price of admission.
Baby waits behind Mama. It's too shy to come eat and may still be nursing.
John the Giraffe
After a trip to Global Wildlife, your child will enjoy learning more about this unusual animal.
Bison or American Buffalo
You can babble with a bison or gab with a gazelle. The animals come right up to the safari wagons.
Thunder on the Plains
The American bison was one of the most important animals for the Plains Indians. At one time the herds numbered in the thousands. It was said that a man on horseback could travel for days before he reached the other edge of the herd. This children's book provides a glimpse into the world of the bison.
Bison and Texas Longhorn
First rule at Global Wildlife is to hold on tight to the feeding cups. The enormous tongue can knock the cup out of your hand.
Albino Mother Antelope and Young
This albino antelope has a normal colored baby. I'm not sure what kind of antelope (or deer) it is. Albinos occur in the wild, but usually do not reach maturity because they are such easy prey.
The safari wagons are sturdy and allow a full view of the large open fields. The Llamas and other grazing animals cluster in the shade of the large trees.
This Black Buck was very friendly and followed the wagon for quite a while. It is endangered in India because of loss of habitat.
The Zebras had several foals when we were there. They are doing well at Global Wildlife.
Baby Animals Abound
African Animals Floor Puzzle
After the visit to Global Wildlife, the children will enjoy reliving their adventure by putting together this 24 piece floor puzzle. Puzzles promote good eye-hand coordination, visual perception and memory.
Zebra and Antelopes Relax
Zebra and antelope relax in the shade of the tall trees. Some of the animals are more cautious and stay back in the trees. It's hot and humid in Louisiana and the animals take advantage of the shade whenever they can.
A variety of grazing animals live on the preserve, even some domesticated ones. Baa-baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Axis Deer and Eland
Axis Deer and an Eland rest under the cool shade trees. Axis Deer are a native of India and have been widely introduced.
Male Axis Deer
In the wild Axis Deer follow the troups of monkeys and eat the fruit that the monkeys drop on the ground.
Antelope Eating Corn
A friendly Antelope eats from the cup in Al's hand. The animals that like corn follow the wagons and stick their heads inside to beg for food.
This one just opened its mouth and let Al pour the food in. Then it cleaned up all the corn that was spilled on the ground. Nothing was wasted.
Watusi Cattle of Africa
Watusi Cattle are the domesticated cattle of the Watusi tribe. They are used as currency or dowries in marriage contracts.
Abandoned Baby Red Kangaroo
Recently a baby Red Kangaroo that had been abandoned by it's mother was found alone out on the preserve. But, even though it was tiny and the odds were against it, a member of the preserve staff was able to successfully raise it. They named the little guy, Skippy, and here are some videos showing his progress.
Skippy the Kangaroo - Just Found
Red Kangaroo Book
Skippy Learning to Hop
Which was your favorite animal?
Field Trips Are Encouraged
The staff at Global Wildlife welcomes field trips all year long, even in winter.
In fact they provide many teaching materials that can be downloaded from their site and the center has even been featured in the third grade Harcourt Science Textbook, Louisiana edition.
Directions to Global Wildlife
The Center is approximately one hour east of Baton Rouge and one hour north of New Orleans. The following directions begin after you have made your way to I-12:
From New Orleans go west on I-12; From Baton Rouge go east on I-12.
~ Take I-12 to the Robert Exit #47 (Hwy. 445)
~ Go north on Hwy. 445 for approximately 10 1/2 miles
~ Turn right (east) on Hwy. 40 East
~ The Global Wildlife entrance is 1 1/2 miles on the left
A Bag for the Trip
Here's a great bag to put all of your trip stuff in. You can find it and more at Naturegirl7 Zazzle Gallery.
Baby Giraffe Bag
© 2009 Yvonne L. B.