Get Up Close & Personal

at Big Joel's Safari

Closed for the Season   

Now Hiring for the 2020 Season 

find out more at employment opportunities in our Visitor information section

We are looking forward to another great season here at Big Joel's Safari where we offer an up close and personal experience with animals of all types from mild to wild.  

We are sorry to inform you that Big Joel's Safari will not be opening on April 4th to protect our staff and community due to the COVID-19 crisis. We did not come to this decision lightly as we have been closed for over 5 months and do not receive any assistance or government funding. Our operating costs all come from what we bring in through the park. We know we are not alone in this, so we encourage you to support your local small businesses during this time. We are not asking for donations or pity, but only to come out and visit when we do open for this season!

We are excited for our guests to come see the animals and improvements. At this time we do not know exactly when we are opening, so please check this website or social media for news and updates for the upcoming season. Please stay safe and healthy.


-Big Joel & Mimi

Educational Field Trips

Season Passes are valid for any time Big Joel's Safari is open for the general public during the 2020 Season.

Your Visit

At Big Joel's Safari you can get up close & personal with the animals. Not all are available for touching/feeding but have you ever been just feet away from an alligator or lemur?  

Birthday parties, Zoo Rentals, Special Events

We care for well over 60 different animal species, both big and small!  No visit is the same as there are always new-born animals, new species, exhibits, and things to do. 



9 am - 3 pm






9 am - 3 pm


9 am - 3 pm


9 am - 5 pm


11 am - 5 pm



$8 per person ages 2 to adult

children under 2 are free

Single person season pass $35*

3 person season pass $95*

4 person season pass $130*

Additional season passes can be added to the four pack for $30* each.

* plus taxes

Contact & Location


13187 State Hwy M
Wright City, MO 63390

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