Los Fresnos Animal Park features animals from around the world
LOS FRESNOS, Texas (ValleyCentral) — If a wildlife encounter sounds like something you’d love, the Fragile Planet Wildlife Park in Los Fresnos offers an experience you’ll likely never forget.
Animals from around the world now inhabit a 32.5-acre park in Los Fresnos, and they’re here to help educate visitors about conservation through unique encounters that are sure to have a lasting impact.
Fragile Planet Wildlife Park (FPWP) began as a mobile educational effort with animals in upstate New York, but is now stationed in the Valley. Park co-owners Tyler Thomas, Nick Stacey and Gabe Ligon say they considered South Texas because it is home to one of the animals in their care, the ocelot. Although they are still working on the legality of culling their ocelot, many of their animals are already housed in newly constructed enclosures and ready to interact with.
In just two months, the property off Old Port Road in Los Fresnos has been transformed into a world-class wildlife park with many exotic residents you typically only see in zoos. Community Outreach Coordinator Jorge Moya explains that the difference between a zoo and the FPWP is the experience people will have with the animals.
“When you interact a lot more with an animal, you can learn more about it and also gather a lot more information about it,” Moya said. “Some of the animals we have here are endangered or critically endangered in the wild and we would like to let the public know what they can do to help and what we are currently doing here to help these populations. in nature. ”
Some of the interactions you can have with animals at FPWP are swimming with otters, bottle-feeding baby camels, and handling a variety of endangered amphibians. Each offers its own unique wildlife lesson.
FPWP animals are acquired through planned acquisitions or after animal handover. For example, some may be sent for care by the FPWP after being confiscated during an illegal animal trade.
Moya says the valley’s climate is perfect for many animals to adapt to and those who need special accommodations will receive them, as they focus on providing the best possible habitat for each animal once it is there. is supported.
Among the friendly faces of the FPWP is Angela, a 30-year-old capuchin monkey who traveled to New York.
“It’s a very different primate to those I’ve worked with before,” said Moya, who also cares for animals at Fragile Planet. “Angela is definitely the one who gives you a different experience. It gives you a lot more expressions. It’s a different nasturtium than you would normally see and we like that about it.
The FPWP also has an Amphibian Conservation Breeding Project that is responsible for the only captive-bred purple toads in the world.
A pumpkin patch and corn maze are also being prepared for the fall season.
“We want to give people something they’ve never had before, something different, and we’re also here to make memories with people.”
You can read more about tours on their website.