The expected increase of visitation to the new Safari Exploration Station warranted the addition of a new food stand named "Rip's Trunk of Treats".  A food outlet had been omitted from the lineup of venues at the Safari Hospitality Center after the original Safari Hut food stand was closed in 2002 and reintroduced as an animal exhibit area and kennel facility.

The new Rip's Trunk of Treats offered snacks and favorite kids meal items such as hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese, as well as salads and cold drinks.  The square shaped building featured three screen enclosed sides with counter service windows in the front and kitchen facilities along the back wall.