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Lone Star Adventure: Fossil Rim


This week's Lone Star Adventure takes advantage of a springtime baby boom. New arrivals include zebras, sable antelope and giraffes. FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us west of Glen Rose, Texas to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

The giraffe herd at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has two new additions. A pair of baby girls were born a little over a month ago and are still nursing. They're currently being kept in an enclosure where they have access to a barn over where they can keep warm. In the next couple of weeks they'll move out in the open with the rest of the herd where they can be seen by visitors.

Since 1984 Fossil Rim has produced 43 giraffe calves. The wildlife center has a herd of nine now and the baby girls will likely stay long term and eventually have babies of their own. Others are routinely shipped off to zoos, sanctuaries and private ranches across the nation.

The little girls are growing fast but don't yet have names. The park wants the public to get involved with a naming contest on its website.

Animals have room to roam at Fossil Rim. Fences are there but you hardly notice them. Fossil Rim's sheer size, with more than 1,800 acres in beautiful hill country, and its commitment to breeding have served it well.

In addition to giraffes, Fossil Rim has a number of species that are in the process of calving or getting ready to calve. The birthing season is well planned. Animals should be having babies for another four to six weeks.

Fossil Rim is a nature's treasure trove any time of year. It's part of a worldwide network of conservation efforts to ensure the survival of creatures great and small, from massive white rhinos to delicate little antelope. For more information please visit Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's website.

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