STILLWATER, Okla. —
Lost Creek Safari opens its doors this May, bringing a new experience to Stillwater residents.
Eight miles south of Stillwater, Lost Creek Safari has exotic animals of all kinds. Carla Meadors and Rusty Focht own Lost Creek.
Meadors said the two had exotic animals in the past, and when people began to be interested in them, they decided to get a license to start showing the animals to the public.
“We had several animals and friends would come over and see them,” Meadors said. “Then they would tell their friends and their friends would want to come out.”
Meadors said a license is required to show the animals, and now that they have one, anyone can come see the animals.
“At the zoo you may see things from afar or walk and walk and walk and see nothing at all sometimes, but here you’re within four feet of just about everything,” Meadors said.
Meadors said they have a zebra, a pair of red kangaroos, Fallow and Sika deer, two African crested porcupines, woodchucks, a capybara, pheasants, two macaws, an emu, a camel and lemurs among many other animals. Lost Creek has about 90 animals.
“Probably my favorite is the lemurs,” Meadors said. “They’re just kind of comical and fun.”
Meadors said she has been around animals all her life, and she said she has learned how to care for the animals with the help of the Internet, other breeders and veterinarians. She said it is not hard to obtain an exotic animal.
“People sell exotics all over, you just have to talk to people,” Meadors said. “There are outlets to get animals like this. I mean you can buy a giraffe if you have the money to, but then you have to house it and heat it. It’s expensive.”
Meadors said the winter makes it expecially hard to maintain many of the animals.
“When it’s five degrees like it was this winter you’re breaking ice in the morning, breaking ice in the evening, making sure everyone is warm,” Meadors said. “It’s work. We love it or we wouldn’t do it. It’s not easy.”
Meadors said she hopes the business brings in money to help maintain the animals, but they don’t plan to make a fortune.
“We don’t plan on getting rich, but it may pay for their feed,” Meadors said. “And people will get to enjoy them too, that’s the main thing — to get to see the kids’ faces.”
Lost Creek Safari is scheduled to open in May, but only on the weekends.
Reservations are required.