Address: 11670 Massey Road Pilot Point, Texas 76258 View Map
Phone: (940) 686-4600
Email: sharkarosa@aol.com
Website:

About Us

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ranch licensed and regulated by the USDA. Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?

How many times have you spent a small fortune to take your family to a large zoo for the day, only to find all the animals hiding in the back of their exhibits, too far away for you to see them, let alone experience them? Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?​

Our 126 acre educational park offers field trips, private tours, open to the public Saturdays and Sundays and rental for events large and small! A Safari Tram, barrel train rides & outdoor dining areas help make Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch your next wild adventure!​

Open to the Public Days are every Saturday and Sunday as long as the weather permits. All other events require an advanced reservation. Please browse our Visiting Section (located on the menu above) for information on how to book a private tour, field trip or party.

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch sits on 126 breathtaking acres near Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County, Texas. ​​

Sharkarosa is a work in progress. At any one time, it houses roughly 130 animals with an additional 20-30 animals at other facilities on breeder loan. We are not, by design, a rescue organization. We do and can, however, assist with exotic animal rescues, both short and long term, either by lending experience, needed supplies, or housing. We do not take in domestic animals (dogs, cats, etc), pet shop animals (hamsters, hedgehogs, etc.), reptiles, amphibians or birds of any kind. Please contact your local humane society or specialty rescue group for assistance with these types of animals. Ongoing projects include new habitats, habitat expansions, building expansions and endangered and rare species breeding programs. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit facility, so all donations are tax deductible and go directly back into our programs, projects and care of the animals.

Please see our Donations page to find out how you can help us with these ongoing projects.

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch FAQ

What if it's raining? Will you still be open?
We make every effort to stay open despite the weather. Light rain will not affect our being open. Cancellations are made only when it becomes unsafe for guests to park in or move about the ranch.

What exactly happens on an Open to the Public Day?
We are Open to the Public Saturdays and Sundays all year round as long as the weather permits. On these days, no reservation is required. The entrance gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. When you arrive, you will be notified which events or activities are about to start and you are assigned to our next available safari tram ride. Stay until you've seen everything you wanted to see or stop to have lunch in the middle at our restaurant or pack a sack lunch to enjoy in our courtyard. This means that all interactions with educational animals and self-guided sections of the tour will close at 4:30. If you're coming at the end of the day, we suggest arriving by 2 pm to ensure you get everything in before the last tram leaves at 4:00 pm. No one will be admitted to the ranch after 4:00 pm.

What should I bring when I come to Sharkarosa?
We always recommend bringing: sunscreen, bug spray and comfortable clothes. On Open to the Public Days and Field Trips, our gift shop will be open with items to purchase. If it looks like rain, please bring the appropriate attire (rain coats, rubber boots & umbrellas)

Can I book a private tour, field trip or birthday party on an Open to the Public Day?
**Please contact the Ranch office Tuesday through Friday at 940-686-4600 or email at sharkarosa@aol.com

I see that on Open to the Public Days, children under the age of 2 are free, does that mean that kids 2 and under don't have to pay during private tours, field trips or birthday parties?
No, children 2 and under are only free on Open to the Public Saturdays. If they are walking, they are counted in your group for all other events.

What if we're coming to a birthday party, field trip or private tour at Sharkarosa and arrive late, can we go back and see the animals we missed?
Unfortunately no. Guests arriving late forfeit any portion of the tour they might have missed. On Open to the Public Days, tours will run continuously all day until the last Safari Tram leaves at 4:00 pm. No guests will be admitted to the ranch after 4:00.

Can I bring a lunch and eat during my private tour?
The use of dining areas is restricted to field trips, parties and Open to the Public Days. If you would like to book an event in which you can bring a lunch, please browse through the rest of the Visiting Section. No exceptions will be made.

Can I bring food to feed the animals?
No. For the safety of our animals, all food donations must be made in the form of credits on the Sharkarosa account at our feed store, D & L Farm and Home in Aubrey. Their number is 940-365-3129. For all other types of donations, please visit our Donations page.

Do you have restrooms?
Yes, we do provide very clean Porta-Potties, a full hand-washing station and water fountain.

What happens if someone in my party or one of their children has an issue with the guidelines set forth by the ranch staff at the beginning of my tour?
We want your tour to be an incredible adventure! Guests that are unable to cooperate with the guidelines set forth by ranch staff at the beginning of your tour will be asked to leave and if necessary will be escorted from the premises.

Creatures Great and Small

​Below is a list of some of the animals that currently call Sharkarosa home. Some of the animals listed may not be on display during events. Animals with an * are a vulnerable or endangered species.

Petting Zoo

  • Alpaca
  • Goats
  • Miniature Cows
  • Miniature Horses
  • Sheep

Reptiles for Presentations

  • Albino Monocled Cobra
  • American Alligator
  • Argentine Tegu
  • Dumeril's Boa
  • Red-Tailed Boa

Tram

  • Beefalo
  • Draft Horses
  • Dromedary Camels (Including Paints)
  • Emu
  • Grants Zebras
  • Guanacos
  • Miniature Belted Galloways
  • Pere David's Deer*
  • Pot-Bellied Pigs
  • Royal Tibetan Yak
  • White Tailed Deer
  • Zedonk
  • Zorse

Small Barn

  • Capuchin Monkeys
  • Red Ruffed Lemurs*
  • Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs*
  • Brown Lemurs*
  • Ring-tailed Lemurs*

Other

  • African-Crested Porcupines
  • American Black Bears
  • Binturongs*
  • Bobcat
  • Capybara
  • Miniature Donkeys​
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Blue & Gold Macaw
  • Albino Eastern Grey Kangaroo
  • Eastern Grey Kangaroos
  • Red Kangaroos
  • Bennett’s Wallabies
  • Swamp Wallaby
  • ​Muntjac Deer
  • Ponies
  • Two-Toed Sloths

Programs

Come join the Sharkarosa family! We offer a variety of programs for you to become involved up close and personal. Click on any button for more information on a program that interests you.

Adult Volunteer Program - Applications for our volunteer program are accepted year round. Applicants can either print the application below and bring it here when we are open to the public, OR download it, fill it out, and then email it to sharkarosa@aol.com. The number of open Volunteer positions varies according to season.​

Volunteers offer invaluable support to Sharkarosa. They work with visitors and staff, animals, independently and in groups, on weekdays and weekends.

They learn, help the ranch with education and conservation activities, and have fun!   Read more....

Youth Volunteer Program- Teen Volunteers Ages 14-17
 
Applicants must either print out an application and bring it to the ranch when we are open to the public, OR download, fill it out, and email it to sharkarosa@aol.com.

The number of open Volunteer positions varies according to season.

Volunteers offer invaluable support to Sharkarosa.

They work with visitors and staff, animals, independently and in groups, on weekdays and weekends.

They learn different skills, help the ranch with education and conservation activities, and have fun!   Read more....

Community Service - Sharkarosa's Community Service positions are open to teens, ages 13 to 18 and adults. They can be for hours required by their school or hours  obligated to the county or state to fulfill a number of community service hours. Community Service projects vary according to season.

**Email the ranch office manager at sharkarosa@aol.com with the following information to see what projects are currently available: Age, why you are required to do community service, hours required & deadline to complete community service along with the community service application.  Read more.... 

Internship Programs - We are now taking applications for our 2017 Fall Internship Program.
 
Part time (32+ hrs/wk) & Full time (40+ hrs/wk) available.

On-site (live on) & Off-site positions available.

We offer both a Wildlife Education Internship but also offer an internship that deals specifically with the marketing of both the ranch and our onsite restaurant.   Read more....