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In 2011, Paul and I took a spontaneous trip out to Cumberland, Ohio to visit an unknown place called The Wilds. I knew very little about it! But I was so intrigued!
This area of Ohio at one time was completely destroyed from surface mining. For coal in particular. But back in the 80’s, this 10,000 acre area was privately purchased and over the last 20 years has been dedicated to harvesting and treating the land to make it rich with nature again. But what is really cool about it is they turned it into a conservation for really special animals that normally wouldn’t call Ohio grasslands their home. Animals such as giraffes, rhino, cheetah, antelopes are all there… and so many more! It’s basically a zoo! But since the area is SO BIG, they have it open and wide range for the animals to naturally graze and roam around in which I think is much better than a zoo for the animals 🙂
And one of the coolest parts of this is you can take a safari ride through the park and get up close and personal with some of the animals. I can’t help but feel like it’s much like Jurassic Park in how it’s set up. But you don’t have to worry about dinosaurs eating your face off here 🙂
PLEASE check out this place and all it’s wonder on their website. They seriously have WAY more information on there. If you are looking for something unique, different, and fun to do for a day trip or even spend a weekend experiencing, you need to seriously consider this place. Check it out here:
Here are some of my photos from our wonderful little adventure there…