Wild Animal Safari

The Nation’s Best Drive-Thru Animal Parks

Travel & Tourism

One of the area's most popular attractions, Strafford Wild Animal Safari, offers a unique experience. Visitors can see, touch, and feed hundreds of exotic animals - a true worldwide safari!

Drive On The Wild Side

You can choose to take on our Wild Animal Safari from the comfort of your own vehicle or you can choose to take the complimentary bus tour that is led by an Animal Safari tour guide.

Our Location

Wild Animal Safari is located in Strafford, Missouri. Our hours of operation can vary. Be sure to check out the Park Hours page or you can call 417-859-5300 to make sure we will be open on the day of your visit.

About Wild Animal Safari - Missouri

Over 600 Animals on 250 Acres

Wild Animal Safari - Missouri

Wild Animal Safari has a long history here in Strafford, Missouri, reaching back all the way to 1971. It was in the spring of that year that J.W. “Pat” Jones bought several thousand acres of land and relocated his family from Arkansas. The current park still sits upon a portion of the land purchased by Mr. Jones!

Originally, the park filled over 500 acres and featured a 9 and ½ mile drive through the scenic landscape. It took 35 full-time staffers to manage and run the park, which at its peak was home to over 3,000 animals!

Mr. Jones passed away in the mid 1990’s, just prior to selling the impressive park to Mr. David Dean, who operated the park until 2007 when Mr. Ron Armatige bought the attraction. Mr. Armatige divided up the park and created the 5 mile drive through attraction that it is today.

In 2006 the park was sold and held briefly by Tony Odo before being purchased by Parks! America in March of 2008. Over the course of time, Parks! America has invested over $1,000,000 to improve the grounds and enhance the experience of visitors.

Outside of material improvements, we’ve grown the amount of animals to a population of nearly 600 animals spanning over 70 different species. We continue to seek to improve Wild Animal Safari and create an attraction that is educational, fun and beneficial for the animals in our care.

Take a drive on the wild side...