Traveling abroad numerous times in recent years to help lay the foundation for an extinct-in-the-wild species to reemerge, Adam Eyres saw all the preparation culminate on a memorable summer morning in Chad, Africa. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s hoofstock curator, Eyres helped facilitate the release of 23 scimitar-horned oryx Aug. 14 to begin what is a […]


Presented by the Children’s Animal Center (CAC), the Fifth Annual Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganza is going to raise the bar once again, if Animal Care Specialist Amber Wiedeman has anything to say about it. “This was my first project after I started here as CAC Supervisor,” she said. “It’s nice to see the same faces attending […]


The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center education department was already in the midst of a project to refurbish 52 bunk beds from its Wolf Ridge Cabins, but Boy Scout Troop 301 based in Weatherford recently visited to be difference-makers in that respect. “The bunk bed project started back in late August with me and our conservation […]


The Sahara Desert may be on the other side of the world, but it seemed much closer to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center thanks to a special visitor Sept. 12. John Newby, founding CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF), blended a broad overview of the organization with very specific details for Fossil Rim staff, interns […]


The world of the modern rhinoceros is a complicated one. Discussing this animal in advance of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Lead Rhino Keeper Justin Smith was happy and sad, as well as frustrated and hopeful. Smith’s determination was evident when he addressed the efforts of Fossil Rim staff to […]


Frequent followers of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Facebook page will note that shares from the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) page appear frequently, but do they know what C2S2 is really about? In 2005, five of the world’s top endangered species breeding and management centers – Fossil Rim, San Diego Zoo Global, Smithsonian […]

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Just a few years ago, there were not a lot of avenues for a volunteer to traverse at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, but Chris Paulsen saw potential for much more. “My wife, Sara, and I began to volunteer at Fossil Rim early in 2013,” he said. “We began in tours and did some tree trimming, […]