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.
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.
Reptiles for Presentations
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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....