Wild Safari was opened to the public on July 4, 1974, along with its theme park neighbor, Great Adventure.
On August 20, 2012, it was announced that the park would be closed to private vehicles from September 30, 2012. Six Flags also announced that the animals would remain in the preserve. On August 30, 2012, Six Flags Great Adventure announced that they would be opening the Safari Off Road Adventure in 2013. Following Wild Safari's closure on September 30, 2012, construction began to renovate it to become the Safari Off Road Adventure. Safari Off Road Adventure opened May 25, 2013.
The former Wild Safari park covered 350 acres (1.42 km2) with the main road being 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long. It contained 11 themed sections, and was a home to 1200 animals from six different continents. With the 350 acres (1.42 km2) safari joining Great Adventure as one whole park in 2013, it will then make Six Flags Great Adventure the largest theme park in the world with 510 acres (2.06 km2). Also an up-charge zip line attraction where guest can soar over the animals.