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New Lonesome Dove Exotic Safari Park to open Saturday in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, Texas (MSM) - There are some new animals at Jimmy Moore’s Jefferson ranch land and East Texans will get a chance to meet their new neighbors during the Saturday grand opening opening of the new Lonesome Dove Exotic Drive Thru Safari and petting zoo.

According to our newspaper partners, the Marshall News Messenger, Moore first opened his 300 acre ranch that sits just two miles north of Jefferson on Highway 59 North last holiday season when he kicked off Jefferson’s first Lonesome Dove Trail of Lights.

Moore has now run eight-foot tall fencing around about 65 acres of his land to house about 80 exotic foreign animals from countries across the globe in his Lonesome Dove Exotic Drive Thru Safari and petting zoo which opens at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The safari, located at 1782 Highway 59 North in Jefferson, boasts exotic species of deer, cattle, elk and antelope.

Guests can grab some feed, roll down their windows and get up close views of Bob the Buffalo, Gloria the Longhorn, Steve the Camel, Mike the Alpaca, Dolly the Llama, a couple of zebras, zebu, donkeys, Scottish Highland cattle, Scimitar oryx, and pygmy goats to name a few.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child, with military personnel and first responders discounted at $10 each. The drive thru safari park will open at 10:30 a.m. and close an hour before sunset, seven days a week. Buckets of feed are $4 each for park goers to get an up close interaction with the exotic animals, Moore said.

While the safari park is set to run year round, Moore said he is again planning to open his Lonesome Dove Trail of Lights display beginning Dec. 1.

For more information about the new safari drive thru and for possible bad weather closings, visit its Facebook page or visit its website here.

For more information about Moore’s trail of lights holiday display, visit its Facebook page at “Lonesome Dove Trail of Lights.”

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