Welcome!

We are SO glad that you are here!

Your love and support for our small business during this time means the world to us. This page is designed to help you navigate through the park while you are here. We have a map for your convenience below! If you keep scrolling, you’ll also get to learn a lot about the animals you will see today.

Have fun and enjoy your ride!

Map

Some faces you’ll see along the way…

Penned Animals

These animals can be found in large pens before you enter the open range. They are only separated for their protection, or the protection of other animals out on the open range! They are on a special diet, so don’t throw any feed into their enclosure!

Muntjak Deer

We are one of the world’s smallest species of deer. We're located right by the gift shop when you check in. We are also one of the oldest, but the least studied as people don’t know too much about us! Some call us the “Chinese Barking Deer” because when we are alarmed we bark like a dog!

Bennett's Wallaby

We’re the most common species of Wallaby that you’ll find. We run wild in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand! Basically, we are a smaller and darker version of our cousin, the Kangaroo, that you will find later during the ride!

Dama Gazelle

You’ll spot our stunning white and red coat on your right. You also can’t miss our beautiful long dainty legs! Because of our slender features, we are known as the “Ballerina Gazelle” and we think we’re pretty graceful and elegance to hold up such a nickname! We are one of the most endangered species of gazelle, so currently, we are more populous here in the Hill Country than in our homeland of Northern Africa!

Greater Kudu Antelope

We are the inspiration for the Exotic Resort Zoo’s logo… Our male has the most beautiful set of spirally horns that you have ever seen! We are the second largest of all antelope species. We also have horrible eyesight, but make up for that with excellent hearing – hence our huuuuuge ears that are always listening…

Springbok Gazelle

We’re dainty and tan in color so it might be hard to spot us. We are native to South Africa, in fact, we are the South African symbol kind of like the Bald Eagle is for America! We got our amazing name from our ability to jump as high as 13 feet in the air!

Petting Zoo

You'll cruise right past our petting zoo, caged animal and picnic area. During normal operation, visitors can roam around here and spend as long as they'd like under the shade of huge oak trees. Feel free to throw some snacks to our pygmy goats, fallow and axis deer, and random bottle babies we have at the moment! If you look closely you may see our Ring-Tailed Lemurs jumpin' around their enclosure! 

Every Pasture

Here are some animals you will see in all the pens today! The animals are free roaming, so they may not approach your vehicle in the order this list implies. We just want to do our best to educate you guys on the animals you are seeing!

Fallow Deer
You will see us in every pen today! Theres a lot of us out here and we’re not shy at all! Feed us with a flat and open hand. We just started baby season out here, so keep an eye out for our little ones along the way. We’re originally native to Europe! Also, we are found in three different colors: chocolate, white and spotted. Our bucks make huge, flat antlers but are starting to lose them this time of year! So, if you see some antler sheds on the ground, it’s totally normal! In any deer species, antlers fall off and grow back every year.
Axis Deer
We are a little darker than the Fallow Deer and we have vibrant white polka dots! We’re one of the few species of deer that hang on to our “Bambi spots” throughout our entire lifetime. We are native to Asia, originally, but now were very popular here in Texas. In fact, we’re ranked the #1 most populous exotic here! You’ll also find us in every pen today! You’ll notice our bucks have some nice, velvety antlers right now. That’s because they’re growing! When they are done growing, the velvet peels off like a sticker so we can enter breeding season with a set of hard antlers later.
Blackbuck Antelope
We’re the little dainty guys that you’ll find in every pen. The females are tan in color with a white belly, but the males get much darker! This occurs with testosterone to impress the ladies and is also the namesake of our species. We were over-hunted close to extinction in our homeland back in the 90’s, but remained off of the endangered species list because there is so many of us here in Texas! Currently, there’s over 30,000 of us here and we’re ranked the 3rd most populous exotic.
Sika Deer
You’ll see us in most of the pens today. We’re solid brown in color and our males have real long, skinny antlers. We are originally native to Asia, but were brought to Europe early in the 1900’s and interbred there. Currently, there is over 14 types of Sika Deer! We also make some crazy noises. In fact, we make over 100 unique sounds to communicate with our friends!
Greater Rhea
We are most commonly found with gray feathers, but here, you’ll spot a pair of White Rhea too! Remember, you do not want to hand feed us, but you can hold your bucket out and we just might eat out of your bucket. Apparently, we only have a brain the size of a green pea, so we run on pure instinct! You’ll continue to see us throughout the rest of your adventure!
Emu
You’ll see a few of us in every pen today! We’re shaped like a football and have real soft brown feathers. You do not want to hand-feed us, but if we come up to your vehicle, hold your bucket out and we may take the food right out of your bucket! If you listen closely during your ride, you just might hear the females boom like a bass drum and the males whistling to their own tune!
Sheep

In every pen, you'll find two different species of sheep! The black ones are called a Black Hawaiian. The males have horns that can weigh up to 30 pounds, which is more than all the bones in their body combined. The white ones are called Texas Dalls. They were created by cross breeding different species of sheep here in Texas!

The Camel Pen

Dromedary Camel
Hey there! We’re sure that you’ll spot us quickly. Our names are Cooper, Cayden and Cruz! We are all Dromedary Camels. You can hand feed us with a big handful of feed, but watch your bucket because we might steal it! We are native to Africa and traditionally used as pack animals, so we would travel for very long periods at a time carrying luggage and other goodies to various locations. Check out our luscious long eyelashes, these keep desert sand out of our eyes. We also have huge padded feet and double jointed knees to travel in the desert sands easier! So, we are a very well equipped desert animal.
Llama
We’re a cousin to the camel! You can feed us with an open hand. We’re also used as pack animals, just like the camels, but sometimes our humans took us for a whirl! So, were a lot stronger than people think. We’re also very popular in the Hill Country now on ranches to protect sheep and goats from varmints and other predators. Our youngest, Bandit, was born just around Valentines’ Day – Let’s see if you can spot the brown heart on his leg! You’re probably scared to get spit on by one of us, it’s not too bad! It’s just a nice concoction directly from our stomach… We’ve been pretty well-behaved lately, but we make no promises!
Addax Antelope
We’re light tan in color, with a set of spirally horns. Because of the shape of our horns, some people call us the “Corkscrew Antelope”. We are native to Egypt, in fact there are old writings and pictures depicting that we were first used as an early form of currency for Ancient Egyptians! Egypt is one of the hottest regions ever… because of this, we have developed the ability to raise our body temperature to match outside. This helps to reduce sweat and conserve water! Don’t you wish you could do this during these Texas summers?
White Elk

There’s only one of us in this pen and my name is Chris Angel. You’ll notice that I have a beautiful white coat, it is not considered albino, but I am still pretty unique! I am the second largest of all deer species, right behind my cousin the Moose! And, I am native here in North America, though I prefer the wild up north where the weather stays a bit cooler. You'll find one more of us in the Zebra Pen!

Barasingha Deer
There’s a few of us in this pen, you should be able to spot us be lazy under a shade tree! We have humongous ears and a long snout, so we look like we are right out of a cartoon. We’re native to India and some call us the “Indian Swamp Deer”, because we really like muddy and swampy conditions!
Nilgai Antelope

You can find a few of us in this pen. Our male, Neil, is very dark in color. We also have two female and a young baby hiding somewhere, they sport a tan coat. We all have some beautiful black and white stripes around our hooves and on our ears. We are originally from Asia, but the King Ranch discovered us and brought us to Texas where we thrive in the wild down south. Currently, we’re ranked the 2nd most populous exotic here!

Royal Yak
It is easy to tell us apart by our long, luscious hair. We are native to the Himalayan Mountains, so we've developed a huge lung capacity over the years to handle lower oxygen levels a bit easier. In fact, our lungs can hold up to three times as much oxygen as that of a typical cattle species!

The Zebra Pen

Grant Zebra
Do NOT feed us – we bite! Drop some food on the ground for us and we will eat it from there. We are a subspecies of the African Plains Zebra. Every one of us has our own unique stripe pattern, kinda how each of you have your own finger print! You’d think our stripes would make us stand out in the wild, however, we’re actually one of the best camouflaged animals in the world because we blend in beautifully on almost any background! There’s only three of us here, a male and two females. Zoro, the male, lets out a super smelly musk when he is trying to impress one of his ladies! So if you smell something funky back here, its just our zebra and not your neighbor!
Zebu
We’re the little cows you may find in this pen. Sometimes, we like to hide, so just keep a good eye out for us! We are closely related to the Brahma Cows that have that huge fatty hump on their shoulders, but we stay a lot smaller. Believe it or not, all four of us are full grown! We are also held sacred in many different cultures, so over in various locations of Asia people normally only keep us as a source of wealth.
Common Elk
We’ll probably be hanging out by the hay bale. There’s a few of us in here! We are solid brown in color and have beautiful big eyes! The Exotic Resort Zoo really loves us because we were the first type of animal they ever started collecting about 25 years ago. Read more about how they got started on the ‘About Our Zoo‘ page in the top menu!
Jacob's Sheep (Four-Horned Sheep)
We're the crazy looking sheep that have FOUR horns! We also rock some really cool spotted coats of thick fur. Sheep with spots have been described in many cultures throughout history, appearing in works of art from the Far East, Middle East, and Mediterranean regions. Among these accounts is the Biblical story of Jacob, who bred spotted sheep and for whom this breed is named!

The Ostrich Pen

African Ostrich
You really don’t want to hand-feed us – hold on tight to that bucket, and we will steal some snacks right from it! We’re the largest of all flightless bird species, standing as tall as 10 foot when fully grown! Our females lay some biiiiig eggs to match, coming in at 20-24 times the size of a chicken egg. (And if you are wondering, they take up to two hours to hard boil…..) The males have dark black feathers and the females carry some dusty brown feathers! This is used as a camouflaging technique while we nest.
Eland Antelope
We are the biggest species of antelope in the entire world! We’re gentle giants, so you are more than welcome to feed us. Our big bull is named Eli and our female is named Eleanor. We will come right up for a snack! We don’t vocalize a lot of sounds, but we will make a click-clack sound from our ankles to communicate with one another. Morris Code, anyone?
Aodad Sheep
You’ll find a ton of us back here! We’ve got some big rams, a lot of females and a whole bunch of babies! You are more than welcome to hand-feed us. We are excellent climbers. If you check out our eyeball, you’ll notice that we have a really long pupil. That gives us excellent peripheral vision while we are up in the slopes so we can keep up with any nearby predators. The long hair above our knees are called Cowboy Chaps around here! Yee-Haw!
Asian Water Buffalo
Hey there! We’re probably hiding in our pond if its a hot summer day… but if you spot us, be sure to throw us some snacks! We are native to Southeast Asia and were domesticated yeaaaars ago! We have been a lot of help when it comes to plowing rice farms, because we are very strong and very accustomed to muddy and swampy conditions.

The Buffalo Pen

In this pen, you’ll meet one of our fan faves.. the Buffalo! You’ll also get a really good look at our Cabin Area. We have 8 Safari-Style Cabins that we rent out for overnight stays all year long! They are still currently available for over night stays if that is something you are interested in! For more information, visit our Safari Cabins page!

North American Bison
We are more commonly known as the Buffalo! Feed us just like the Scottish Highlanders, food above our nose and when we’re ready we’ll open up our mouth for you! We were used for pretty much anything and everything by Native Americans as we used to roam this land in massive, wild herds. Despite our huge size, we can run up to 35mph and jump as high as 6 foot in the air! Our youngest, Donut, was born last summer, so he will be celebrating a birthday soon! Give him some snacks to help celebrate!
Red Kangaroo
Being lazy by the cabins, you’ll see all of us taking a snooze. We are the biggest of all Kangaroo and Marsupial species! We’ve got the handiest little pouch to carry around our babies. When we have babies, they’re only the size of a gummy bear and they are still not fully developed because we only carry them in our womb for 27 days! They’ll blindly crawl up our belly and into our pouch and thats where we keep our babies safe until they are ready to explore their surroundings. We are, of course, native to Australia – sometimes called the nation’s rodent!
Potbelly Pig

We’re located in the petting zoo by the Cabin Area. We’re native to the Philippines but are very popular here as pets. What can we say, people love that belly!

Turkeys & Chickens

Our male turkey loves to show off his beautiful tail feathers, especially around the ladies… We also have two females here: a Domestic Turkey and a Royal Palm Turkey. The Royal Palm is a beautiful white in color! And of course, what’s a safari park in Texas without chickens? Someone has got to provide the eggs!

The Camel Pen

This is your second cruise through the Camel Pen… Remember, you’ll see some of the following!

Dromedary Camel
Hey there! We’re sure that you’ll spot us quickly. Our names are Cooper, Cayden and Cruz! We are all Dromedary Camels. You can hand feed us with a big handful of feed, but watch your bucket because we might steal it! We are native to Africa and traditionally used as pack animals, so we would travel for very long periods at a time carrying luggage and other goodies to various locations. Check out our luscious long eyelashes, these keep desert sand out of our eyes. We also have huge padded feet and double jointed knees to travel in the desert sands easier! So, we are a very well equipped desert animal.
Llama
We’re a cousin to the camel! You can feed us with an open hand. We’re also used as pack animals, just like the camels, but sometimes our humans took us for a whirl! So, were a lot stronger than people think. We’re also very popular in the Hill Country now on ranches to protect sheep and goats from varmints and other predators. Our youngest, Bandit, was born just around Valentines’ Day – Let’s see if you can spot the brown heart on his leg! You’re probably scared to get spit on by one of us, it’s not too bad! It’s just a nice concoction directly from our stomach… We’ve been pretty well-behaved lately, but we make no promises!
Addax Antelope
We’re light tan in color, with a set of spirally horns. Because of the shape of our horns, some people call us the “Corkscrew Antelope”. We are native to Egypt, in fact there are old writings and pictures depicting that we were first used as an early form of currency for Ancient Egyptians! Egypt is one of the hottest regions ever… because of this, we have developed the ability to raise our body temperature to match outside. This helps to reduce sweat and conserve water! Don’t you wish you could do this during these Texas summers?
White Elk

There’s only one of us in this pen and my name is Chris Angel. You’ll notice that I have a beautiful white coat, it is not considered albino, but I am still pretty unique! I am the second largest of all deer species, right behind my cousin the Moose! And, I am native here in North America, though I prefer the wild up north where the weather stays a bit cooler. You'll find one more of us in the Zebra Pen!

Barasingha Deer
There’s a few of us in this pen, you should be able to spot us be lazy under a shade tree! We have humongous ears and a long snout, so we look like we are right out of a cartoon. We’re native to India and some call us the “Indian Swamp Deer”, because we really like muddy and swampy conditions!
Nilgai Antelope

You can find a few of us in this pen. Our male, Neil, is very dark in color. We also have two female and a young baby hiding somewhere, they sport a tan coat. We all have some beautiful black and white stripes around our hooves and on our ears. We are originally from Asia, but the King Ranch discovered us and brought us to Texas where we thrive in the wild down south. Currently, we’re ranked the 2nd most populous exotic here!

Royal Yak
It is easy to tell us apart by our long, luscious hair. We are native to the Himalayan Mountains, so we've developed a huge lung capacity over the years to handle lower oxygen levels a bit easier. In fact, our lungs can hold up to three times as much oxygen as that of a typical cattle species!

The Last Pen

(The Oryx & Scotties Pen)

Scottish Highlander Cattle
We’re the big, shaggy cows you’ll find in the last pen. You can feed us by holding a huge handful over our mouths, we’ll stick out our tongue and let you drop it right in! We are native to Scotland! Traditionally, raised for our beef there because we are so muscular. In fact, we are the oldest registered beef cattle! We can be found in many different colors, but red is the most popular. Anthony is the biggest Scottish Highlander, he is our bull. He’s only about 6 years old, but acts like an old man! Duncan is our youngest Scottish Highlander, born back in July of 2019 – so, he might be a little shy! Our other two Scottish Highlanders are females – and we’re expecting babies from them soon, so stay tuned!
Scimitar Horned Oryx
We’re the beautiful white and red animals with the looooooooong symmetrical horns. We may not eat directly out of your hand because were kind of shy – so, throw us some snacks please! It is actually believed that we inspired the legend of the unicorn with our horns! They are so symmetrical that from the side, it looks like we only have one! The tips of our horns are so sharp! They make for a good defense mechanism, but also they make for the perfect built-in back scratcher.
Whitetail Deer
There’s not too many of us out here – but if you look out by the creek, we might be hiding in the shade. We’re native here in Texas, so you’ve probably seen us in your backyard!

Farewell!

You’ll exit from the Oryx and Scotties Pen.

We hope that you enjoyed your visit with us. We are truly appreciative of you supporting our small business during this time. Thank you!

We can’t wait to see you again!

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