Under the clear blue skies of East Texas is a gem of a drive-through wildlife and safari center called Rocky Ridge Safari that hosts over 25 different species of animals amongst the 200 acres of native trees and smooth red clay winding roads.
A friend asked me to go with her while visiting family in Texas, and I didn't hesitate to say yes! I couldn't believe my luck in the backwoods of Eustace, very close to Canton, was an incredible drive through wildlife center. The trip was a perfect opportunity to do an animal photoshoot and hopefully shoot some great pictures right from the front seat of my friend Linda's car.
We headed out early to be the first car in line when it opened at 10 a.m. since we knew the animals would be hungry and eager to make their way to our car. When you buy your ticket, it also comes with a good size food bag for feeding with each one. The animals were very eager to see us or rather the food we were handing out.
I'm not sure I have a favorite from our adventure today, but I think we made a friend with the camel. This camel had such personality as he poised for us, including smiling and proudly showing us his beautiful teeth! He did so many funny faces and acted like he wanted us to take his picture. He was amazing. He wasn't even interested in the food as much as the others were. He only wanted to be the star of the show, and we loved it!
Here he is showing us his beautiful smile! :-)
Making one of his funny faces :-0
Just one more for the road....
Here are a few of the photographs we took to give you an idea of the many different species they currently have. These are just a few of our hundred plus pictures we took, so if this sparks your interest, you need to go. We went in at 10:00 a.m. and drove through in 1-1/2 hours, and the time just flew by!
Check out their website at https://www.rockyridgesafari.com/ for pricing and other general information as well as directions. It was so much fun that I plan to go back on my next visit to Texas.
P.S. Just be aware you may find a few overly friendly creatures that like to give kisses!