Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Welcomes Baby Southern White Rhino

1/23/2024 (Glen Rose, TX) — Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is excited to share the birth of a southern white rhino calf. This calf marks the 18th rhino born at the conservation facility since 1991, continuing their longstanding mission of boosting vulnerable wildlife populations. Experienced mom Ursula has been doing great, along with the newly named calf, Rocket. 


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Feisty Kittens Born at Fossil Rim!

BIG (but little) news! It has been a busy time for the carnivores at Fossil Rim (Glen Rose, TX). The AZA accredited wildlife center is thrilled to announce the birth of two black-footed cat litters!

The first litter (two little boys) was born to female Afryea on March 31st. The second litter was born to Bandit on April 16th (one girl and one boy). 


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When Your Mom’s Tail Is A Snake (And Other Black-footed Cat Kitten Misadventures)

The black-footed cat kittens, born July 3 at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, were 6 weeks old at the time of videos seen here. Game cameras are really the only way officials can get a look at them in this way. Fossil Rim tries its best to help animals retain their wild instincts, so they are not acclimated to human interaction.


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Scimitar-horned Oryx Baby Zoomies at Fossil Rim

Staff at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas are thrilled to see baby scimitar-horned oryx running around the Front Pasture, especially considering this is a critically endangered species.

One calf is born after a gestation period of eight months and nurses until about five months of age.


Calves form groups within the herd called “créches.”

Oryx are seldom seen alone, with the exception of very old males.

Historically, these oryx lived in herds of 20-40 individuals, led by a single male.

During migrations and times of plentiful water, herds of 1,000 or more were seen.

Cheetah Cubs Bond with Mom at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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Three new Cheetah cubs were born on October 12 at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas! They are two females and one male. All appear to be in good health and first-time mom Gracie is proving to be a natural mother. 

The father is Bruce, an 8-year-old male born and hand-raised at Fossil Rim. This was his first litter of cubs and the center's animal care staff were pleasantly surprised by his ability to reproduce, as hand-raised male Cheetahs often fail to reproduce sucessfully. Bruce and his brother Moose were pulled from their mom for hand-raising due to illness at a young age.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is hosting a naming contest on their Facebook page to invite the public to help name the cubs. The contest closes tomorrow, December 4, on International Cheetah Day (a campaign created by the Cheetah Conservation Fund to raise awareness about this Vulnerable species). In addition to naming the Cheetahs, the winners will also receive a private tour of the wildlife center's Cheetah facility, which is not open to the public. 

2 cheetahPhoto credit: Fossil Rim Widllife Center

See videos of the litter playing with mom: