Monday, February 5, 2018

Bearded Dragon: The Scary Looking Gentle Dragon

Check out the photo of our bearded dragons basking in their enclosure totally oblivious to the frigid winter weather outside!

Bearded dragons are a type of lizard that originate from Australia. These friendly reptiles are yellow or tan, and they get their name from the way they can flare the skin at their throats. Natural habitat of the beardie include deserts, arid & rocky areas, dry forests & scrublands. Unlike other lizards, bearded dragons are not able to detach their tails if they need to escape from predators. If they lose or damage their tails they will be tailless for the rest of their lives.

A few fun facts about bearded dragons include:

  • The bearded dragon's tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Beardies flare their skin on their throat area when feeling threatened to make them appear more threatening to predators and other animals.
  • Males and females can be easily distinguished by a couple of features. Males have wider heads and they are longer than females. Females have thinner and more slender tails than males.
  • Spines grow on their throat, sides of the body and their head.
  • Beardies eat a variety of things: greens, leaves, fruit, flowers, and insects.

Bearded dragons make interesting pets and are fairly low maintenance however, they do require regular care and the right setup.

One important fact to consider when buying a bearded dragon for a pet is how long they live. The average lifespan is five to ten years, so purchasing a beardie is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. These reptiles make unique, friendly pets and need a minimal amount of care. However, they'll need that care for their entire lives, so be sure you're making a commitment you're prepared to live with.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CustomCages: One of the Proud Sponsors of Wildwood Wildlife Park

It is no secret that it takes a village of caring and dedicated people to operate a zoo - many of whom work tirelessly behind the scenes. As important as the daily care of each of our zoo residents - from the reptiles to the giraffes - our zookeepers need to be aware of their individual needs which includes their enclosures designed to keep them safe while allowing our guests the best experience possible. During the 2017, CustomCages, one of the proud sponsors to Wildwood Wildlife Park, installed several aviary SunCatcher Enclosures.

Every SunCatcher enclosure is built in the shop to ensure it assemble smoothly and easily and can be configured for your bird or small animal cage needs. 

From their web page: "Since 1998 we have worked tirelessly to design, modify and re-design our custom cage system. We have used over a dozen engineers, tested countless prototypes and materials, used computer generated strength analysis, and spent thousands of hours on our design to ensure it has the proper strength, durability, and functionality."

Check out the video by CustomCage about their SunCatcher enclosure at Wildwood Wildlife Park.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Have You Visited the Wm. E. Gardner Educational & Events Center?

Learn, laugh and love the animals! Wildlife Park is dedicated to the understanding, celebration, and conservation of wildlife through the excellence in education, animal husbandry, exhibits and community relations.

These include the daily programs which are held at the amphitheater where visitors learn about the various mammals, birds, primates, and reptiles - the Primate & Reptile Center featuring North American, desert and rainforest exhibits - the Living History School House featuring artifacts with interpretive information with nineteenth century school house - and the William E. Gardner Educational and Events Center.

Wildwood Wildlife Park's educational center is filled with amazing things to do and see. You will examine the world of honeybees and witness these fascinating creatures as they perform their specialized duties which produce honey. Microscope tables are available for your use to identify and learn more about insects as well as other educational tables that include skulls, furs and artifacts.

Animal displays including tarantula, lizard, frog, gecko, scorpion and finches - visitors to the zoo and to the educational center will find opportunities to learn at every corner of the center. Our conservation corner features videos on various conservation efforts to help protect and preserve rhinos, sloths, lemurs, leopards, and tigers - all of which Wildwood Wildlife Park actively supports.

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!

copyright 2017 Wildwood Wildlife Park

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!