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The Wilds
14000 International Road
Cumberland
OH
43732
Tel: 740.638.5030

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The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around the world living in natural, open-range habitat, as well as home to hundreds of indigenous species. In addition to innovative, in-depth science and education programs, the Wilds offers guided experiences to the public on selected days May through October.
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    I had an amazing time! My family and I took the Zip lining tour and it was SO MUCH FUN! The longest Zip was something like 800'. About 23 seconds, mostly over water. It was fantastic and one of our guides, Chris, was full of fun and facts about the scenery and animals along the way! I cannot recommend it more! We also took the bus tour. Our guide, Bree, was cute and peppy even in the heat of the day. We had a wonderful day, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

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    My wife and I had a surprisingly nice stay in the Premium Yurt in October of '14. Our yurt was a little more removed from the other 11, but the Grand yurt is even more separated from the group. The private porch was small, but the common porch and fireplace was nice. The price included an open air safari tour (~2hrs), dinner from a few choices, and breakfast from a few choices. The menu selection was small, and the restaurant ran out of steak sauce for dinner. Overall a nice stay, and we will likely return.

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    Had a great time with my parents and kids (12 and 14). We took the open air bus and enjoyed seeing many animals in a safe habitat. Be prepared to explain extra curricular activity to your kids - we saw an animal couple "interacting." Food is affordable and is just "ok." Bring extra dollar bills and change to feed fish and birds.

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    I have been to The Wilds 3 times (last year) and I will be going for my 4th time this coming week. My 4 year old is completely obsessed with animals so we decided to give The Wilds a try last year. We thought for the price of the Open Air Safari (the ONLY way to go in my opinion!!) $30 per person we might as well get the membership. We buy the Family Plus (which includes the 4 of us and 2 guests each time). This is WELL WORTH the money, especially if you plan to go more than once each year. Each of the 3 times that I have been to the Wilds so far...Read More

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    I love this place! Often the animals are too far away from the bus to see very well, but you see different stuff every time you go and the guides are terrific. It's a long drive down narrow roads to get there, but you do get that safari feel.

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by Alice Johnston

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I have been to The Wilds 3 times (last year) and I will be going for my 4th time this coming week. My 4 year old is completely obsessed with animals so we decided to give The Wilds a try last year. We thought for the price of the Open Air Safari (the ONLY way to go in my opinion!!) $30 per person we might as well get the membership. We buy the Family Plus (which includes the 4 of us and 2 guests each time). This is WELL WORTH the money, especially if you plan to go more than once each year. Each of the 3 times that I have been to the Wilds so far we have had a slightly different experience (seen a different animal up close and personal). One time it was the baby camel...so cute!! Another time the giraffes were very far away but the next time they were up close and personal, watched them eating the leaves off the trees right by the truck. Another thing I like about the tours are the guides who drive are very friendly and knowledgeable and tell lots of interesting facts about the animals. My son may be giving them a run for their money this time (since it will be his 4th time there...haha!) We also like the 2 stops that are planned into the tour...first one is a stop at the Lake where you get to walk down a path to the lake and feed the fish. This year I read that there is an aviary where you can feed birds as well. The 2nd stop is at the Carnivore Center where you see the African Wild Dogs (NOT hyenas as some other lady said!!), the Cheetahs and the Dholes. This is a fun stop b/c there is a large (shaded) snack bar with plenty of seating and a lot of area to walk around and check out these beautiful animals. Yes, I will admit the cheetahs pretty much just lounge around in the sun/shade and part of me wishes they would put a rabbit in the enclosure and let the cheetahs (and us!) have some fun! haha! But seriously, this is a wonderful place that focuses on Conservation of endangered species and we will keep going back again and again! Each time we go we try to take someone new with us. Oh, my recommendation would be to try to go on the first tour of the morning (10am) b/c it is usually cooler at that time and we've had good luck at that time of day with seeing lots of the animals...up close and personal most of the time. The huge rhino came right up next to the truck and we could have touched him (but you're not allowed obviously!!) Check out The Wilds...I hope you love it as much as we do! What a treasure to have in Ohio!

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