Welcome to the Global Wildlife Center!                     Safari Wagon Check-In Times:      Sun, Feb. 26th: 9,10,11,12,1,2           Mon, Feb. 27th: 9,10,11,12,1,2           Tue, Feb. 28th: 9,10,11,12,1,2           Wed, March. 1st: 9,10,11,12,1,2           For additional tour check in times, visit our Safari Tour Page!           The Center will be closed on Saturday, April 1, 2017 due to a private event.           Private Pinz Tours are a great way to get up close and personal with over 4,000 wild and exotic animals! Call to book your private tour today.

News & Events


Attention Teachers: Free Pencil Case per Student

Attention Teachers: Free Safari Pencil Case



Book your School Field Trip in September and receive a free pencil case for each student in your class and free picture frame per teacher while supplies last! Enjoy a 75-minute guided Safari Wagon tour over 900 acres of beautiful Louisiana countryside complete with 12 ponds and a lake. During the tour you'll come face to face with bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland, and much more! The animals roam free - It's Africa, in Louisiana! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy lunch under our covered safari pavilion.

 Click this link for safari reservation form:



Win Tickets To Sky’s First Birthday Party At Global Wildlife Center

Krewe of AWE Throws Birthday Party For Baby Giraffe

You Can Win FREE Tickets!


First birthday party for Sky, the baby giraffe, adopted by the Krewe of AWE.

Party tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for children.


WLAE-TV, Krewe of AWE and the Global Wildlife Center are co-hosting this party.

All proceeds will go to Sky's adoption fund.


Global Wildlife Center

26389 Hwy 40

Folsom, LA  70437


Sunday, July 19, 2015.  Please check in by 2 p.m.;

Safari wagon leaves on a 90 minute guided journey at 2:15.

Party tickets include safari, feed for the animals and party refreshments.

Party is in the pavilion from 4-5 p.m.


To register to WIN up to 4 free tickets for Sky's party and safari, fill out the form at http://wlae.com/skys-birthday-party-at-global-wildlife-center/ or call (504) 830-3717.

Drawing will be held at noon on Thursday, July 16th.

Winners will be contacted by telephone immediately afterwards.

To PURCHASE tickets for the party, and for information about the Krewe of AWE and what YOU can do to help endangered species like elephants, rhinos, and giraffes, visit www.kreweofawe.org/

For directions or questions about the safari or Global Wildlife Center, call GWC at (985) 796-3585 or visit www.globalwilldife.com/


It's that time again!  GLOBAL WILDLIFE PHOTO CONTEST of 2015!  

The contest will begin on Wednesday, July 1st.  All photos must be submitted before midnight on Friday, July 31st.

Here's how to participate:

  • Upload your photo and submit it to reservations@globalwildlife.com.
  • Enter "Photo Contest" in the subject field.
  • Include a brief caption of the photo, contact name, and phone number in the email message field.
  • Then hit send message.

It's that easy!!

 Now there are a few rules we must include but are not limited to:

  • Only one photo per person can be submitted.
  • All photos must be submitted via the email above.  Any photo submitted via our Facebook wall will not be considered for eligibility.
  • Photos must be viewer friendly. Remember a photo can silently speak a thousand words, so choose a picture that best represents your Global Wildlife trip.
  • Photo must be taken here at the center.  They can include you and/or your family, staff members of the center and of course our wonderful animals.
  • Photos are to be submitted no earlier than Wednesday, July 1st and no later than Friday, July 31st.

The winner of the photo contest will be determined by two ways:

  • The number of “LIKES” received of their Facebook photo.
  • The Global Wildlife Staff’s favorite.

Voting will conclude on Wednesday, August 5th and winners will be chosen by Wednesday, August 12th.

All photos will be uploaded to our 'Photo Contest' Album on our Facebook page within 24-48 hours of submission. Once your photo is posted in our Photo Contest Album, you can share it on your Facebook wall and encourage all of your friends and family to "LIKE" your photo!  Recruit all of your clicking finger friends to put your photo in the top spot.  Remember every "LIKE" counts!

All prizes are to be determined.  So be sure to keep checking back with us to see if prizes have been posted.


The Official BEST Of 2015

We are pleased to announce the upcoming half-hour travel show Official Best of Louisiana 2015.

WWL CBS New Orleans 6/20 Sat 4:30 PM - 5 PM.

KUBE Houston 7/11 Sat 10:30 AM - 11 AM

Discovery Channel 6/24 Wed 5:30 AM - Central, 6:30 AM Eastern/Pacific

A segment of the show was filmed in Folsom at the Global Wildlife preserve, which is renowned for its free-roaming endangered and threatened animals, as well as exotic wildlife and a family of reticulated giraffes.

After the TV airings Global Wildlife will be featured on the national travel site, www.OfficialBestof.com for three years.

The Official Best Of studios are located in Hollywood, CA and researchers located across the country spend at least 2 months per show compiling a collection of the very best attractions and destinations in each state.  Once the research is complete and destinations have been chosen, a show is produced and aired. Each state’s show is promoted and aired within that state as well as on a national level, and also on the OfficialBestOf.com web site. One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn't accept advertising on either its television shows or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones.

The TV shows and the website www.OfficialBestOf.com offer a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within a state and across the country. There are plans to eventually cover all fifty states and several countries. Visit www.OfficialBestOf.com to see the states covered. Media World U.S.A. is the parent company of Official Best Of.

Members Only Beach Party

Members Only Beach Party

Saturday, May 30th from 5:00-8:00pm

Please RSVP by May 22nd by calling 985-796-3585 Ext. 110

For the Beach Party, we transform the Visitor Center into a beach lover's paradise. A sandy beach is created at the Visitor's Center, and the children absolutely love playing with the sand toys provided for them. Spacewalk, waterslides, sprinklers, and more make it a fun event for children of all ages. Adults enjoy a silent auction on some unique to Global Wildlife items, including a fishing trip in our catfish pond! At the Beach Party everyone will enjoy the food, great music, and festive games. Join as a member today and have a great time with us at the Beach Party!

Children's Question Contest

We are excited to announce a GLOBAL WILDLIFE QUESTION CONTEST for the children!
The first question will be posted on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Here's how to participate:

• Each week a different question will be posted on our Facebook page.
• While taking a Safari Wagon Tour or Private Pinz Tour, listen closely to your tour guide for the answer to the question.
• Once you return from tour, fill out the Answer Form in the Gift Shop and turn it in!

Only one form per child can be submitted. At the end of each month all correct answers will be placed in a jar. One form will be picked randomly and the winner will receive a Safari Wagon Child Pass!


Now Accepting Applications

If you are looking for a fun, active, and exciting job we are now accepting applications! Come apply in person! Please call for further information. Must be 18 years or older.
26389 Highway 40 / Folsom, LA 70437 / (985) 796-3585 / (985) 796-9487

Celebrating 23 Years of "Conservation at Work!"


'Tis the Season 2014



(Promotion valid for 11/26/14-12/23/14 only. No extension on expiration date. Gift Shop merchandise only. Redeem in Gift Shop.)



26389 Highway 40 / Folsom, LA 70437 / (985) 796-3585 / (985) 796-9487

Celebrating 23 Years of "Conservation at Work!"


Halloween 2014

Boy do we have a TREAT for you!
All of our GWC Staff will be dressed in
‘kid-friendly’ costumes the Whole Week of Halloween!
Come climb aboard a Safari Wagon with a tour guide in disguise & observe the frisky animal behavior
fall brings to your eyes!

New Costumes Each Day!
October 25th—31st

Ken's Challenge

It is time to kick off the fall with a special fundraising event, Kickin' Parkinson's, to benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Our Kickin' Parkinson's fundraiser on Thursday, 9/18 at Stone Creek Club and Spa in Covington, features the Bucktown Allstars, open bar, food from the best Northshore restaurants and a silent auction. Following on Friday 9/19 is the 5k Twilight Run.

Since my brother-in-law, Quentin Dastugue, was diagnosed with this disease, we have joined together for the third year as one of over 1600 Team Fox members from around the country to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation in their efforts dedicated to finding a cure. We raised over $55,000 at our event last year and our goal is to raise $100,000 this year, with your help.

I have created "Ken's Challenge" - in which I will match all funds raised up to $100,000. This should demonstrate how serious I am about supporting The Michael J Fox organization in discovering a cure for this disease.

I hope that you will consider joining me - Global Wildlife, Chuck and Laurie Carey - Jim Carey Distributing, Clear Chanel and Lamar by being a sponsor or purchase tickets for the Fundraiser.  I also encourage you to visit our website, www.kickinparkinsons.com and check out our Facebook page to learn more.

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease (PD) - a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger.

There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda that has funded more than $450 million since 2000.

I hope that you can join us for the 2014 fundraiser. Thank you in advance for your generous support as we strive toward the finish line on the fast track to a cure. 

Best regards,

Ken Matherne


Checks should be made payable to: Kickin' Parkinson's and mailed to 4141 Veterans Blvd., Suite 300, Metairie, LA 70002. Or you may pay with a credit card at www.kickinparkinsons.com.

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