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The Wilds, Cumberland

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Visit rare and endangered animals in a natural, outdoor setting at The Wilds. The safari park and conservation center houses animals from around the world like rhinos, giraffes, bison, camels, cheetahs, and other uncommon creatures. The park aims to promote conservation through education and personal experiences with the animals. The nearly 4,000 hectare (10,000 acre) park includes a birding station, and butterfly habitat, and a 10 hectare (27 acre) Carnivore Conservation Center. Over 24 km (15 mi) of mountain biking and hiking trails wind through the park, and it contains more than 150 lakes. Take the basic safari tour to learn about the endangered animals from a knowledgeable guide, or try a tour with one of the park's staff members who will take you through their day-to-day work with the animals. To visit The Wilds and other attractions in Cumberland, use our Cumberland travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Wilds is an amazing conservation project built on reclaimed strip mined land donated by American Electric Power Ohio. It's the closest you will come to an African Safari in America's heartland. Th...  more »
  • We shared our experience with friends from Indianapolis and really enjoyed the relaxing tour and various sights. We looked into staying the night in the Yurts-but could not this visit. Most animals we...  more »
  • We spent a night staying at the Yurts at The Wilds and did both a regular open air tour and a "behind the scenes tour". Both were excellent, we saw a lot of animals and the guides were knowledgeable a...  more »
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  • This place is a hidden gem. It is amazing to see these animals uncaged. I saw a rhinoceros actually running! The Bactrian camels were also a highlight, as they stood in front of our bus and wouldn't let us pass. I would definitely recommend paying the extra$10 for the open air bus over the windowed bus. Also, while the zip line tour sounds fun, it appears that you only see about half a much as if you take a regular bus tour.
  • OMG A RHINO!!!!! Great tour and amazing use of land for these wild animals. Bus tour was great with plenty of up close views of animals. Driver was well informed and hospitable. Souvenir shop offers plenty of opportunities to make you child hate you for not buying them something.
  • We did the open-air safari and were very pleased with it. The guide did a great job. We were able to see all the different species of the park (camels and mules came right up to the bus), but the guide did mention that on some days certain animals will not be seen from the vehicle. All depends on their activity level.
  • Love it!!! Would recommend this place to everyone, from the very old to the very young. I plan on coming back at least 2 times a year. Our tour guide, Alex B, was very knowledgeable about the animals and we even got roadblocked by a momma rhino and her baby!!! Truly awesome experience folks. All the animals are in great condition, if you've not seen the Wilds, you should go right now don't wait, load your camera and head out!
  • We did not make a reservation, but because we went on a weekday and during the day, we were able to grab the next open air tour. The tour was very nice, if extremely BUMPY and dusty (don't wear white). We saw a lot of animals. The camels were very friendly and walked along with the bus a bit. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star was our driver.....she NEVER STOPPED TALKING.. Never. This ruined my trip. Some (very little) of what she said was informational. Some was trying to sell things (gift shop items, overnight stays, receptions..... sigh) I really just wanted to experience my surroundings without all the very loud repetitive comments and corny jokes.