Fossil Rim

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Photography by Eric Killingsworth


Fossil Rim was founded on the conviction that all creatures have a right to exist; that the natural world has intrinsic value apart from human perceptions and needs; and that this right and this value deserve our deep respect. Modern culture, with its emphasis on economic and technological values, tends to threaten the quality and integrity of nature. Fossil Rim strives to provide a model and stimulus for alternative ways of experiencing and relating to animals and nature as a whole.

This nearby non-profit organization’s vision is focused on the good stewardship of wildlife for the well-being of our planet, our children and the generations to come, supported through the participation of an informed and concerned public. Their mission is dedicated to the conservation of species in peril, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources and public education. Through these activities, we provide a diversity of compelling learning experiences that inspire positive change in the way people think, feel and act with Nature.

1. Southern White Rhinoceros

Second-largest land mammal native to Southern and Eastern Africa.


3. Aoudad

Also known as Barbary sheep, are the only wild sheep in Africa.


5. Fallow Deer

The most widely kept of the world’s deer and have been introduced to all inhabited continents.


6. Blackbuck

An antelope of the same tribe (Antilopini) that includes gazelles, the springbok, and the gerenuk.

2. American Bison

Found only in North America and Europe, bison are our National Mammal.


4. Giraffe

Name originated from an early explorer who thought the giraffe resembled both a camel and a leopard.


7. Emu

A prehistoric bird thought to have roamed the outback of Australia some 80 million years ago.

These are only a few of the amazing animals cared for at Fossil Rim. Please go to to learn more and plan a visit.


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