Health Updates

Temporary Closure

As a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to temporarily close Fossil Rim Wildlife Center to the public. Given how quickly this situation is changing, we will continue to provide updates here on our website and via our social media channels.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, program participants, and the animals in our care. We have been closely monitoring the constantly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

What This Means

We have already notified education program participants and students that those programs were being suspended. If you have questions about our education initiatives and scheduling, please email us at or call us at 254.898.4205.

If you are a Fossil Rim member and have questions about your new or existing membership, or if you want to become a member, please email us at or call us at 254.898.4250.

Essential animal care staff will remain onsite to care for the more than 1,100 animals, as well as our veterinary staff. We are planning to have an additional mix of staff onsite, as well as working remotely from home, to allow us to ensure Fossil Rim is ready to reopen and welcome our guest back once this critical situation has subsided.

We want to reiterate, we have no reported cases of novel coronavirus connected to staff, and we have no reason to believe any animals are at risk.

We'll Be Back Soon

While we know this is the right decision, we are still disappointed to close temporarily. We have a busy spring planned with new education programs and exciting special events.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission. Please be smart and stay safe during this challenging time.

Animal Care

Our animals are healthy and doing well, and we continue to provide them with dedicated, professional care every day. It’s important to note that the CDC has not received any reports of wildlife or animals in human care becoming sick with COVID-19. We remain in constant communication with our state, national, and international veterinary networks to monitor updates. We currently have a surplus of essential food and medical supplies for our animals, plus we will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor our supply chain to assure necessities remain on-hand.

Stay In Touch

We will post regular updates on this page, as well as on all of our social media channels.