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33. Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari, 1790 Safari Road, Winston, is a 600-acre drive-thru animal park just outside Roseburg in Douglas County.

It takes about 1½ hours to complete a drive through the park, where you can see more than 500 types of mammals, birds and reptiles, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, bison, elk, bears, wildebeests, zebras, tigers, rhinos, ostriches, and hippos.

In the summer the park includes an area called Always Free Safari Village, which features a botanical wonderland, animal exhibits, including alligators and cougars, keeper talks throughout the day, and a children’s petting zoo.

The park opened in 1972 and is the only drive-thru animal park in Oregon, according to the park's website.

With more than 400 acres of space for some of the rarest, most endangered (and coolest) species to roam, Wildlife Safari is different than a zoo. It boasts a cheetah breeding research center, scores of students enter Wildlife Safari’s internship programs each year, and an international veterinary medicine program resides on Safari grounds, according to park literature.

Drive-thru admission costs $19.95 for adults, $13.95 for children and $16.95 for seniors. Drive-thru and Village hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with the last vehicle admitted at 5 p.m. The White Rhino Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call 541-679-6761 or see https://wildlifesafari.net

Azalea Lusch has an encounter with an ostrich at Wildlife Safari. [Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch]