Aggieland Safari shares exclusive construction update

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BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - By mid-2019 a new wildlife safari park will open its gates in Brazos County.

Aggieland Safari park will be located off Highway 21 near Kurten and though it's still under construction, they invited KBTX for an exclusive tour of the property.

"The construction on the main part of the property has gone excellent, everything is looking really great," said Brandi Riley.

The property will consist of multiple animal barns, one specifically made for giraffes and another for reptiles and other animals that need climate controlled areas.

"That barn has indoor outdoor exhibits for certain animals that need the extra space," explained Riley. "These exhibits are going to be huge, we want people to watch them interacting with each other."

That particular barn also features a baby room that is wheelchair and ADA accessible.

"We want to have that ramp so that everyone can experience this, that's what it's all about," said Riley.

The giraffe barn recently got insulated and special fencing around the hippo exhibit is currently being installed. But Riley says the wet weather hasn't been their best friend.

"The thing we've been hindered by is the rain so building the roads is taking a bit longer," said Riley. "We want these roads to last a long time and we want to do it right so we have to wait for this place to dry out to do the roads and the rest of the fencing."

She's talking about a high fence on the property that spans 200 acres and will serve as the drive through portion of Aggieland Safari. Once inside you'll be able to see and feed hundreds of exotic animals.

"To be able to see all of those animals, some that are endangered and to be able to hold other animals like kangaroos and pygmy goats, it's just really going to be a once in a lifetime experience out here," said Riley.

They'll host field trips for schools and other events as well once they open.

Aggieland Safari park is also planning to establish an internship program for older students.