Wildlife Prairie State Park, Hanna City

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#13 of 25 in Wildlife in Illinois
Wildlife Prairie Park, officially dedicated as Hazel & Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie Park, is located in Peoria County, Illinois, in central Illinois, about west of downtown Peoria. The park contains wildlife animals native to Illinois, in a natural environment.The land was first obtained by the Forest Park Foundation in the late 1960s, and Wildlife Prairie Park first open to the public in September 1977, permanently opening in 1978. It was transferred from private foundation ownership to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and renamed Wildlife Prairie State Park in autumn of 2001. In May 2013 the park was signed back over to private ownership, to be transferred to a group of community members who called themselves Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park.
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  • August 2, 2017
    We had no expectations of the wildlife prairie park and we couldn't have been more pleased on our visit! We went on a Monday and it wasn't crowded. All the animals were out or in view. This park is a ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Actually loved this. Recommendation from hotel staffer. Highlight was safari bus.. took up front to the Elk and bison... almost "face-to-face". Got to hand feed a special bison.  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    From its name, I had anticipated this park would highlight the native prairie of Illinois and provide me with a greater understanding of this unique ecosystem. Unfortunately it fell short of my expect...  more »

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