Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Looking Forward to Another Exciting Season!

"In like a lion - out like a lamb." That may be the case anywhere except the north woods of Wisconsin! However, here at Wildwood Wildlife Park, we are roaring through each day getting ready for our spring opening, planned for April 29th at 9:00am.

Our safari-drive through is right on target for our spring opening. The new trams and tractors have arrived and thanks to our technology "geek" the new sound system equipment is operational and ready to go.

We are excited to offer this new experience to our guests and to introduce everyone to our new zoo residents and there are quite a few of them! The list includes Big Horn sheep, Dall sheep, Nyala, and Emu just to name a few. 

Thanks to our talented construction team guests arriving and departing the safari-drive have shelters at both the drop off and loading areas. 

Speaking of new construction, work will begin this summer for the Gibbon/Squirrel Monkey habitat and the winter building and a new winter building for our cranes.

Being busy is good - especially when the fruits of our labor can be shared with a community that recognizes the importance of the hard work that goes into being successful with the animals, education and conservation missions. We look forward to another exciting season and hope you will make plans to join us often!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Save The Date! Annual Spring Raking Cleanup Weekend

Welcome to the Spring Equinox
Happy First Day of Spring!

What better way to celebrate the official arrival of spring than with the announcement of our annual spring raking cleanup weekend? Save the date! Raking cleanup is set for the weekend of April 8th and 9th. Time: 9:00am-5:00pm both days.

Bring your rake and garden gloves - lunch will be provided for all volunteers by Wildwood.

Attention Students looking for community service hours ... our spring raking cleanup weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to accumulate your community service time.

Click on the photograph and download to share electronically or via print.

Sponsored by Friends of the Zoo

Friday, March 3, 2017

Coming Spring 2017! Safari Tram Ride

Goeie dag! This is the traditional greeting in Afrikaans, the language spoken by over six million people in Africa. Why Afrikaans? To make the announcement that coming spring 2017, Wildwood Wildlife Park will open its long awaited Safari Tram Ride to our guests.

There is nothing like this in the state of Wisconsin!

After making their way through the park to the Giraffe Serengeti Habitat area, our visitors will board a tram and enjoy a guided drive through 168 acres of sprawling woods, open savanna’s, ponds and watering holes of the preserve. The stars of the new exhibit are the exotic and endangered species from various countries including Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America all of which thrive in an open habitat.   

The Safari Tram Ride is but one part of the Wildwood Wildlife Park 10-year master plan, laying out a direction for animal care and visitor experiences. The Safari Tram Ride and the zoo's other renovations and expansions offer our guests the opportunity to get close to animals that are on the endangered and "threatened" lists. Our zoo is a place for our guests to spend time with their families, making memories and watching their children laugh, learn, and play. We are proud that Wildwood Wildlife Park offers a recreational and educational experience for people of all ages.

The photos on this page are just a few of the animals that can be viewed from the comfort of the Safari Tram Ride.

Click on this link to view the Safari Tram Ride page on our website. Until the park opens watch for further updates on our Facebook and blog pages.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Annual Spring Raking Clean-Up Weekend

Calling All Volunteers!!!

It's only 38 more days until we anticipate opening for the 2016 season. But if you absolutely positively CANNOT WAIT until April 30th ... here's your chance to visit the zoo in advance of our opening. It's our annual Spring Raking Clean-Up at Wildwood Zoo! Sponsored by the "Friends of the Zoo", this is a great volunteer project that students can use as an opportunity to receive service hours. Dates are April 16th and 17th from 9am to 5pm. Bring your rake and garden gloves! Click on the image to enlarge, print and share with others!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

And The Winners Are ... Announcing the 9th Annual Zoo Boo Costume Awards

With our 9th annual Zoo Boo one for the books we want to say thank you to the participating area businesses who helped make Zoo Boo a success. For a complete list of the business please visit the Zoo Boo page on our web site. 

And now (drum roll please!) Here are photographs of the businesses who received special recognition at Zoo Boo.

Congratulations from Wildwood Wildlife Park and Friends of the Zoo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Celebrating Teeke the Giraffe's Third Birthday

Who doesn't love a birthday celebration? Friends and family singing Happy Birthday followed by cake? For Teeke, our male giraffe, Sunday was no different except that this birthday cake was edible and very giraffe friendly!

Visitors to the park wished Teeke a happy birthday and imagined him blowing out three birthday candles (which happened to be his favorite: carrot sticks)!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Zookeeper Appreciation Week: Jolie Femme Sasha et FĂ©roce Lloyd

Our final salute to the hard working compassionate zookeepers at Wildwood Wildlife Park is Sasha Busjahn who has chosen the Greater Grison to highlight and imitate. Lloyd's favorite spot to sleep is inside a log; when Lloyd was off exploring Sasha crawled right in to see how comfortable it really is but we don't think she will be stealing his sleeping spot any time soon! 

Greater grison's are mustelidae, a family of carnivorous mammals that include the badger, mink, otter and wolverine.

Greater grison's have a long body which resembles the honey badger. Greater grison's don't ever have to worry about being confused for a honey badger since the two of them will never meet each other: the honey badger lives in Africa, while the greater grison lives in Central and South America. The "grison" part of the name is an English variation of the word "gris" which is French for the color gray. Like its relative the honey badger, the greater grison is very temperamental. It is unknown if any creature outside of humans hunt them.

Greater grison's are gray in color with a black muzzle, throat, chest and underside. They have a white "U" shaped marking that runs around the top of their head tapering off near their shoulder. Greater grison's sleep during the day, hunting during the night, dawn and dusk.

Greater grison's are found in a wide range including savannas, grasslands, rainforests and evergreen forests. They prefer to live near water choosing to make their home in rocks, under tree roots or in vacated burrows. Greater grison's eat whatever is available: small mammals, birds and their eggs, lizards, amphibians, and fruits. In some areas, grisons are trapped for body parts and for the pet trade.

Grisons are agile runners, swimmers and climbers communicating by a variety of snorts, screams, barks and growls. Breeding occurs in Late August, early September and the female grison will give birth to 2-4 young.