Grapeland Wildlife Safari back open


POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:05pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:56am

There are only a few places in East Texas where you can see buffalos, zebras and llama in East Texas. However after a three- year absence, the Grapeland Safari is finally back open.

The safari was a life-long dream for the Herring family, who have run the place for 30 years. It began as a simple idea after a hunting trip, and evolved into a lifetime of memories. KETK spoke with the owner of the park, Nona Herring, who said, "On that ranch there were lots of exotics that we had never seen, they came home and told us, and we found out there were sales. So we bought some". 

However in 2011, the safari was forced to close when her husband, died from cancer. Herring said, "He wanted to keep it open but I couldn't take care of him and do this too. So this is kind of his legacy you know, and we want to keep it going for him". So the legacy continues through their 130 animals. 

Herring said, "People just drive-thru and feed them from their car, and we have a little petting zoo". Roaming on 57 acres, the animals provide a glimpse into the life the Herring's, and many East Texans, enjoy so much.   

Admission to the park is only $8, and children under two-years-old are free. For more information visit:  . 

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