Get Up Close & Personal

at Big Joel's Safari

Happy Holidays!

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

Big Joel's Winter Wonderland!

Come out and celebrate the holidays at Big Joel's Safari this season for the first time in six years!

Big Joel's Winter Wonderland November 27th - December 27th

Thursdays - Sunday from 2:00 - 7:00 pm

Closed on December 24th & 25th

Additional days of operation: December 21, 22, & 23 from 2:00 - 7:00pm

Admission for our holiday event is $6.00 ages 2 & up

What is Big Joel's Winter Wonderland you may ask? Well do you like Christmas lights and animals? Then come on out to Big Joel's Winter Wonderland for both because the park will be decked out for the holiday season. We will be open from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm so guests have the option of visiting during the day time or evening hours. With our walk thru experience going into the evening hours it will be much different than your typical Big Joel's visit as we are changing the walking paths and highlighting our winter hardy species! Many of our warm weather loving creatures will be off display keeping nice and toasty! Keep warm by the fire pits, grab some hot cocoa at Rudy's Refreshments, and more. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!

Holiday Highlights!

  • Christmas Lights, Decorations, and More throughout the Zoo!

  • Seasonal Animal Display

  • Rudy's Refreshments- Enjoy some hot cocoa, coffee, cappucino, drinks, snacks, S'more kits, cookies, & more

  • Fire Pits- Keep yourself warm and toasty, we will be selling S'more kits too!

  • Holiday Gift Shop- Our gift shop will be expanded with toys, stocking stuffers, Christmas ornaments, and more. Big Joel's Safari gift certificates and 2021 season passes will be available. Season passes get you unlimited visits for the entire 2021 season.

November 27th thru December 27th

Days & Hours of Operation

Thursday - Sunday from 2:00 - 7:00 pm

(Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas)

Additional dates: December 21, 22, & 23

Admission: $6.00 ages 2 & up

The park will close after Winter Wonderland for the winter season and open in Spring 2021!

What to expect due to COVID-19 precautions:

We are open, however some of the attractions that you might love may not be open due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope you understand.

The camel rides and the education station are closed to limit the spread of germs and to limit close contact with employees.

No reservations and face masks are welcome, but not required.


Bird feeding with disposable sticks and regular feeding and are open.  Each family will be given a spoon to use throughout the park.  The gift shop, playground area, and parking lot picnic area are all now open as well. You can still enjoy being outside and of course the animals!

Also there will be some other changes that we need your help with.

These include:

Please social distance-try to stay at least 6 feet from other families.

Increase your hand washing and try not to touch your face.

Please refrain from touching fences and gates as much as possible.

We welcome wearing masks, however please do not wear disposable gloves or use hand sanitizers as these can be harmful to the animals.

*And of course, please do not visit if you have symptoms of COVID_19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

What we are doing for you:

Increased the number of hand washing stations throughout the park.

Increased cleaning and frequency of cleaning.

Increased hygiene and cleaning training.

Vending machine provided for you to purchase your own light snacks without contact with employees.

Increased the number of days in the week you can visit!

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. 











2 pm - 7 pm


2 pm - 7 pm


2 pm - 7 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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