African Safari Wildlife Park

Midwest's only Drive-Thru Safari offering a unique up-close family experience. Now open for the 2024 season!

LemurThe warm-weather fun is just beginning at African Safari Wildlife Park. The popular family destination begins Extended Weekends with the Park’s Walk-Thru Safari—featuring Kangaroos, Warthogs, Porcupines, Lemurs, Macaws and more than a dozen other species. Attractions such as educational animal shows, camel rides and tortoise feedings return. Dinosaur Takeover, featuring more than 20 moving, roaring prehistoric creatures, is also included with general Park admission.

Person holding and feeding birdsExtended Weekends run every Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day weekend, when the Park begins to offer its full slate of attractions daily for the duration of the summer season.


African Safari Wildlife Park now open for 56th season on Friday


“Early spring is a great time to visit the Park because most of our animals are totally unbothered by the chilly-to-mild weather,” said Park director Kelsey Keller. “You may even be lucky enough to witness the birth of an Alpaca or Bison!”

The Park’s ever-popular Drive-Thru Safari, which features Zebras, Bison, Alpacas, Elk, exotic Cattle, Emus and more, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last car admitted at 4 p.m. The Park’s warm-weather animals, such as Giraffe, will generally not be visible unless the air temperature is above 60 degrees. The Walk-Thru Safari, which features Gibbons, Lemurs, Kangaroos, Warthogs, educational animal shows and animal-feeding experiences, will open in mid-May.

To celebrate opening day, the Park is offering general admission tickets for $16.95—a savings of up to $16 per person—that can be used anytime during the 2024 season. This promotional price, which is available through March 31, can only be purchased online at and is not available at the gate.

African Safari Wildlife Park covers more than 80 acres and includes animals from Asia, Africa, North and South America in a large roaming preserve.

Here guests and their families can travel through the preserve of roaming animals in the comfort and privacy of their own vehicle.  During the tour, guests see hundreds of animals living together. Feed the  Elk, Bison, Giraffe, Zebra, Deer, Alpaca, and Camel from the cup of food provided by the park.  Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture memories! Each spring we have many new arrivals. So keep your eye out for hiding babies.  We also offer a Walk-Thru area, where there are many animals on exhibit.

Additional activities and attractions include a fossil-mining experience (for an additional charge), selfie opportunities with larger-than-life dinosaur eggs and the jaws of a T. rex, and an educational scavenger hunt. As part of the Park’s mission to promote an appreciation for all living things, guests will learn about the conservation challenges faced by today’s wildlife and how the Park is helping to prevent extinction in the 21st century.

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