​​The Tennessee Safari Park's mission is to create and provide educational activities and environments for the community and abroad to bring appreciation and conservational awareness for all living things. We aim to gain long term sustainability for our world's rare and endangered flora and fauna in their natural environment.

The Tennessee Safari Park is located on a century farm owned by the Conley Family since 1858, called Hillcrest.  The farm has produced numerous types of crops and has always stayed entrepreneurial in the products that were developed and sold on the farm.  Claude H Conley I instilled a strong interest in his son, Claude M Conley, at a very young age to love and appreciate Hillcrest, the Conley Family and all of its animals.  They collected pheasants, peafowl and various types of deer.  This was a pivotal moment in the young mans life and he knew he wanted to see animals from around the world saved and protected right here on the family farm.  The collection grew over the years with Bison in 1963, forming the first privately owned Bison in the state of Tennessee.  Damara Zebras were added in 1980 and various rare and endangered antelope were added throughout the 80's and 90's.  In 2007, Claude Sr. and his two sons, Claude H Conley II and Jon Wesley Conley, decided to create a park to showcase these rare and endangered species and bring a top tourism attraction to the West Tennessee rural farm.    Today the safari park has one of the largest collections of zoo animals in the United States.

Their dreams of bringing rare and endangered animals from around the world and educate the public about their needed conservation has been met with tremendous success!  Today you can drive through 5.5 miles of roads taking you amongst animals from around the world. Don't forget  to take a stroll through our  20 acre zoo area and see primates, exotic birds, tapirs, foxes, cranes, giraffe, petting zoo, and so much more!  The park is always expanding and we promise to bring new and exciting additions throughout the year!   We also have a gift shop and "Safari Grill"(open seasonally and weather dependent) available for our guests enjoyment!


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Did you know we have over 80 different species that call the TnSP home? Can you find them all?

Learn about our programs and field trips 

Check out our gallery to find some of our favorite captures of our curious residents. 


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