Zedonks, emus, camels and kangaroos!
Those are just a few of the exotic animals you are able to feed and touch at Big Joel’s Safari Petting Zoo and Educational Park. Located in Wright City just minutes from Hwy. 70 at 13187 State Hwy. M, Big Joel’s Safari is an intimate, boutique-style petting zoo that boasts over 60 species of animals. It has brought smiles and delight to Missourians since 2012.
Big Joel [Clinger], a former pro football player and Mizzou graduate with a degree in animal sciences, created the sanctuary on his family farm. It’s easy to see that it’s a labor of love. From the special names given to the animals to the care and love each one receives, all creatures – great and small – are treated like members of the family by the Safari’s friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Camel and pony rides are offered on weekends only through Nov. 3 when the 2019 season comes to a close. Big Joel’s Safari is closed to visitors during the winter and reopens each spring, typically in April. Admission is $8 per person and children under 2 are free.