Alabama Safari Park is one of Central Alabama’s most recent, cool additions. They opened early last year, covering a massive swath of land out in Hope Hull. You can drive through all of that acreage and meet the animals as they come up to your car. And why do they come and visit your vehicle? Well, you’re generally equipped with a bucket of food to help you bond with them a bit more quickly. And get this: the complex welcomed a couple of new animals recently, in the form of Arabian Oryx babies.
According to Alabama Safari Park, this species of animal is exceptionally rare, and they’re committed to keeping their herd healthy; theirs is the only Arabian Oryx herd in the state of Alabama. The park does so through its “captive breeding program.”
“On top of maintaining the current captive breeding program, the park is dedicated to wildlife conservation through public education, habitat preservation, and providing financial aid and assistance to projects in the wild,” the park wrote in a Thursday press release.
Pictured in the foreground is one of the baby Arabian Oryx; in the background is one of its parents.
The Arabian Oryx was previously hunted to extinction in the wild. Thanks to captive breeding programs like this, those animal populations have been able to return. The new calves and their older fellows can be seen on the first-right pasture after entering Alabama Safari Park.
Alabama Safari Park is a 350 acre drive-thru adventure, with over 700 animals from around the world. The Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day. Admission will run you $15.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
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