The Wilds is in Cumberland, Ohio, which is just east of Zanesville. It is the largest conservation area in North America (click the link to read more about it). The drive there was about an hour and a half. Isabelle watched the movie "Bratz" on the way, Seth played with his LeapPad and Parker watched some of the movie, but got restless and cried for a bit. We stopped to stretch our legs and buy some dum-dum suckers and that made Parker happier.
Once we got there, we checked in and hopped right onto the bus. It was a neat bus with a roof but no windows. Thankfully, it was not crowded and there were several little kids on the bus. We picked a shorter tour, 1 1/2 hours, that was designed for younger kids. Surprisingly, we had a nice breeze on the bus and the temperature was quite comfortable.
Our tour guide/bus driver was Dixie. Isabelle noted that she has a doll named Dixie. We saw several different species of animals as we rode along the gravel path throughout the park.
|Persian Onager (wild donkeys)|
|The wild donkeys came right up to the bus. We weren't permitted to touch them.|
|Bactarian Camel - endangered. They store fat in their two humps. Dixie told us that camels do not spit like a lot of people believe.|
|Baby and Mama camels|
|We were pretty close to them|
|Isabelle petting the baby camel|
|Greater One-Horned Asian Rhino - endangered|
|Przewalski's Wild Horse - endangered|
|The wild horses also came right up to the bus|
|Giraffes - Among the trees, the giraffes didn't seem that tall, but they were!|
|Grevy's Zebra - endangered|
|Pere David's Deer - extinct in the wild|
|A female Ostrich (the male was black)|
|Boys having fun|
|Sloth (she's feeding him grapes)|
|Baby Cheetah (we were not permitted to touch her because she's so young and not totally comfortable with people yet)|
|On our way out, we touched a baby Alligator|
|Our tour bus|
After our tour, we stayed for lunch and ate outside. We could see people zipping along the zipline. Hopefully we'll get to do that with the kids when they're older. It was a great day!