BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - A new type of park is coming to Bryan and it will feature exotic animals from all over the world. The folks from Aggieland Safari visited KBTX Wednesday to share updates about the park and show off one of their new baby kangaroos!
Brandi Riley says she and her husband David have a love for animals and they just wanted to provide something in the area for folks to do outdoors.
"We thought having something like this would be great for people in the Brazos Valley," said Riley. "We're going to have hundreds of different animals, and we want people to experieince something they've never seen before."
Visitors can expect to see camels, zebras, giraffes and monkeys, as well as endangered and exotic animals all at the park. Aggieland Safari will sit on 450 acres of land off Highway 21 in Bryan near Kurten.
"We will offer a three mile drive through where the animals can approach you, eat out of your hand, it's kind of a once in a lifetime thing," explained Riley. "After that you can walk around about 20 acres where you can see warthogs, Sheila's kangaroo home will be in there and there will be a giraffe feeding area. There will also be a baby room as well where you can pet little ones like Sheila."
The Riley's want the Aggieland Safari park to be a day long destination for families, so they've announced there will be a restaurant on the land as well.
"The Savannah Grill will be out there, it will have a bar top area where you can eat and watch the giraffes and zebras," said Riley. A local chef is working with them to create the menu.
Due to the wet weather conditions, construction of all the enclosures and pens has been pushed back, but Aggieland Safari should open mid-2019.