The Oregon Wildlife Safari at Winston south of Roseburg is a delightful experience for the whole family or anyone interested in watching animals in their natural habitat.
It's an "up close and personal" experience that you will remember your entire life. The Wildlife Safari in Oregon is a drive through wild animal park. You drive through the park and see wild giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, lions, tigers, bears, camels, monkeys, emus, elk, deer, zebras, elephants, and many more.
You drive through the park very slowly and you will see many of the animals up close. Some of them may even look into your car. It makes you wonder who is watching who. You have to keep your windows closed and you cannot get out of your car. Of course, feeding the animals is forbidden.
When we were there I was awestruck at how beautiful the tigers were. There was a pride of lions not far away on a small hill. The papa lion was huge with a glorious mane and totally oblivious to the cubs cavorting around him.
These activities cost extra and they are expensive. But what an experience! When we were there they had elephant rides. Our son still talks about what fun he had riding an elephant. He was the only kid in his school that had ever done it.
If you are interested in taking part in one of these activities you need to make reservations ahead of time. Telephone: Guest Services, 679-6761 Ext. 203. Some of these activities have both a limit on the number of people that can take part and an age limit. Some activities are not suitable for young children.
There is a small petting zoo. It has mini horses, a mini donkey, and goats. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays you can only view the animals. I think this is because the crowds are much larger on these days and the little animals can only take so much petting.
There is a campground with ten spaces for RV's. It is on a first come first serve basis with a four day limit. Electricity and water hookups are available. This RV park is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
If you have a pet with you, it must be kenneled before going on the drive through. There is a place available to keep your pet. Padlocks cost $5.
Oregon Wildlife Safari opening hours are:
Winter: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Summer: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm