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Wilderness Trails Zoo Birch Run

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Wilderness Trails Zoo
11721 Gera Road
Birch Run
MI
48415
Tel: 989 624 6177

Where are we going today?

If you LOVE animals, then you might want to fill your family day out with animal encounters, and Wilderness Trails Zoo has just the thing!

The Wilderness Trails Zoo offers the whole family a unique zoo experience, in a great natural environment.  There is a mile long trail which winds past trees and ponds, and of course those amazing animals! In fact, there are over 50 species of native and exotic animals for kids to experience, and learn about.

The exhibits at the Wilderness Trails Zoo were constructed for the benefit of the animals, and you! Here, you will see the animals much closer than what you would at a "typical" zoo. They also ensure they maintain that Michigan beauty that we all know and love!

Kids will really learn about all of the creatures, as they have labelled each enclosure with information all about the animals. Learning comes in all shapes and sizes!

We mentioned animal encounters, and animal encounters you shall have! The petting area is very hands-on, and here you can have interactions with the animals in a very special way. Alpacas, ducks, rabbits, calves, goats, and even miniature horses all are waiting to meet you. It's not uncommon for babies to be there, and you might be surprised - once there was a Dromedary Camel!

The second hands-on feeding area are the feed stations. Throughout the park you'll find places to buy feed for a specific animal. The animals are always hungry, so you won't have a problem finding a taker for your food! Great fun for kids as they hand feed swans, peccaries, river otters and even peafowl!

For those kids with extra energy, the playground is always popular for an intermission, where they can mimic the monkeys and other animals as they enjoy the activities.

Animal fun at the Wilderness Trails Zoo out in Mother Nature - the classroom in the trees!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$11.75
  • Children$8.50
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 6pm Mon to Sat. 11am - 7pm Sun

May to October

Teachers corner

An amazing learning experience, just give them a call to see how you can visit with the students. .

I'm Hungry!

The gift shop sell candy and snacks. .

Healthy Eating!

There are picnic tables, with some under canopies, so you can bring your own food (no alcohol). Why not enjoy lunch with the animals!.

Any Top Tips?

If you want to support the zoo, why not adopt an animal! You can help care for it's wellbeing and know that you are supporting a great cause.

Doing our bit

Enrichment is something that the zoo provides for their animals everyday. It can take many forms, including new food items, interesting objects in enclosures or a new exciting habitat design. Enrichment is a very important component in the overall health of their animals because it stimulates species specific behaviors, challenging them mentally and promoting physical activity..

Need a little extra help?

Speak to them before you arrive about the accessibility of the trail. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop that's stocked with stuffed animals, souvenirs, candy and educational toys!.

More information

The last admission is taken at 6pm.

What people are saying?

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    My kids and I visited this zoo in July of 2014. I did like some things about it, it's small size for one, you can walk around it in very little time (under an hour) and that is nice when you have small children. But unfortunately there was more I disliked than liked. The pricing is very high for the size of the zoo, it's over $10 for adults and $7.50 for children. That's what you would pay at bigger places like Potter's Park. There are no food places other than vending machines, there is a huge picnic pavilion but only one small picnic area...Read More

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    I can't leave a review on the zoo itself, because I never got to experience it. My husband and I are very disappointed by this place. We had planned to visit for the first time, recently, on a week day. The website says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM. The sign at the zoo says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM, and the message on their answering machine says the same thing.

    We arrived at almost 1PM, on a Wednesday and they were CLOSED. There was no note or explanation on the website, the door of the building, or on the answering machine. My husband...Read More

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    I absolutely hated my expierience at the zoo, almost EVERY SINGLE animal was underfed and depressed, the only animal I seen that was happy/well fed were the goats. My girlfriend literally cried when she seen the reindeer, you could see his spine and rib cage from a quarter mile away, he was hairless on one side of his body, and he had an extremely rough time trying to stand up. it took him about 5 minutes to just get on his feet. The wolves just pace back and fourth constantly because their obviously extremely stressed. ALL OF THE CAGES ARE WAY...Read More

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    DO NOT GO TO THIS "ZOO". I recently visited this park and was horrified at the conditions of the animal enclosures. They are horrifying. They boast of 200+ exotic animals but they don't tell you that they are all crammed on a 56 acre lot. This animal park currently houses bears, wolves, and several big cats in metal cages no larger than 500 sq.ft. Most of them are in cages with concrete floors! The sight that brought me to tears was the baboon enclosure. The baboon was in a concrete floored cage, (roughly 8x10 ft) and obviously depressed. He was...Read More

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    This place should be closed, All the animals were sickly looking except the farm animals and the geese. The animals were often times all by themselves pacing from stress. I felt especially bad for the black bear and the spider monkey as they looked the saddest and loneliest. PETA is never where you need them.

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by Beth Fairweather

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My kids and I visited this zoo in July of 2014. I did like some things about it, it's small size for one, you can walk around it in very little time (under an hour) and that is nice when you have small children. But unfortunately there was more I disliked than liked. The pricing is very high for the size of the zoo, it's over $10 for adults and $7.50 for children. That's what you would pay at bigger places like Potter's Park. There are no food places other than vending machines, there is a huge picnic pavilion but only one small picnic area inside the zoo itself. The playground is tiny, my home playground is larger. The zoo staff was very unfriendly, everyone looked miserable to be there and did not crack a smile once, even one lady who I assumed from her bearing was one of the managers/owners. The animal enclosures were tiny, tiny, tiny, covered in wire, 2 layers thick. The zoo boasts on their web page how unique their viewing is, that you can see the animals better there than at traditional zoos. I found this to be patently untrue. It's very difficult to see many of the animals, the animals, especially the bears, big cats and monkey's seem horribly bored and restless. On two sides of the long road around the zoo, or trail that you walk you can see absolutely nothing. There are big trees or bushes that completely block your view of the cattle and deer, antelope, why??? You have to walk like 1/2 a mile or more just to be able to see them. This is trying for small children and the elderly. The butterfly house was not open when we were there either, they do have a nice reptile exhibit but I wonder where they got all the little alligators from? There are about 20 of them in 2 enclosures, all the same size which makes me think they got them from a farm down south. I felt sorry for them. I don't think we'll be back, like other posters have said I think these animals would be much better off in a decent zoo that can take proper care of them. I think this is a disaster waiting to happen.

by Karen Quinn

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I can't leave a review on the zoo itself, because I never got to experience it. My husband and I are very disappointed by this place. We had planned to visit for the first time, recently, on a week day. The website says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM. The sign at the zoo says they are open EVERY DAY, 10AM-7PM, and the message on their answering machine says the same thing.

We arrived at almost 1PM, on a Wednesday and they were CLOSED. There was no note or explanation on the website, the door of the building, or on the answering machine. My husband even left a message with his phone number, hoping to receive a call back as to whether or not they would open later. NO RESPONSE!

I won't bother with this place again. Instead, we drove to the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, and had an amazing time there.

by allison michael

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I absolutely hated my expierience at the zoo, almost EVERY SINGLE animal was underfed and depressed, the only animal I seen that was happy/well fed were the goats. My girlfriend literally cried when she seen the reindeer, you could see his spine and rib cage from a quarter mile away, he was hairless on one side of his body, and he had an extremely rough time trying to stand up. it took him about 5 minutes to just get on his feet. The wolves just pace back and fourth constantly because their obviously extremely stressed. ALL OF THE CAGES ARE WAY WAY WAY TOO SMALL FOR THE ANIMALS. I personally believe that all of these animals should be shipped to the Detroit Zoo, or put back in the wild, I would even go as far to say some animals would even be better dead. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ZOO. IT IS ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!!

by Dina Rodriguez

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DO NOT GO TO THIS "ZOO". I recently visited this park and was horrified at the conditions of the animal enclosures. They are horrifying. They boast of 200+ exotic animals but they don't tell you that they are all crammed on a 56 acre lot. This animal park currently houses bears, wolves, and several big cats in metal cages no larger than 500 sq.ft. Most of them are in cages with concrete floors! The sight that brought me to tears was the baboon enclosure. The baboon was in a concrete floored cage, (roughly 8x10 ft) and obviously depressed. He was crouched in the back corner of his cage staring at the ground. He stayed there all day. It was heart-breaking.
Please do not support this "zoo" and the animal abuse that takes place there. These animals are severely depressed, anxious, and uncomfortable. It breaks my heart to think that these majestic, wild creatures spend their days sitting in tiny concrete cells, miserable and helpless, day after day.
Wilderness Trails operates as a non-profit, I am assuming that how they seem to get away with such cruelty. I am currently in contact with animal rights and regulation agencies to get this awful place shut down. If you decide to visit, I hope that you too, voice your concerns for these animals.

Visited May 2014

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