The Wilds is a 9,000 acre wildlife sanctuary established on land that had been heavily stripmined. Finally turned over by the coal company to a non-profit organization and with the help of many volunteers the land began to recover and various plants and trees were introduced to the environment. Endangered species began to be introduced in 1992 and later a breeding program was established that helped place animals back in the native environments they disappeared from. While not the range of animals of a large zoo, the ability to see not one animal of an endangered species, but entire family groups living together in an open setting is wonderful. I was especially pleased to see family groups of both Asian Rhinos and African White Rhinos. Tours in open sided vehicles, or special tours with wildlife associates, childrens tours, horseback tours, overnight stays in yurts and a 10-station zip line circuit are all available at The Wilds. The people guiding the tours are very knowledgable, more so than those at many wildlife parks. I waited much too long before visiting The Wilds, but will be back with family and friends.
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