Wildlife Prairie Park

Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City: Hours, Address, Wildlife Prairie Park Reviews: 4/5

Wildlife Prairie Park
4
09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
Sunday
09:00 - 16:30
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Karen S
Rolla, MO119 contributions
Overweight animals and uninformed staff
Mar 2015 • Couples
We were really excited to visit this attraction but boy, what a disappointment. We asked some basic questions to the front gate person -- who was completely worthless. He could barely tell us where the parking area was. And the animals -- oh my, those poor, obese critters. They were all so overweight it was unbelievable. The operators obviously don't know how to feed them properly. Later we saw a youtube video where the executive director talked about the bear eating fruit pies and cream cheese. Really? This place needs an intervention.
Written 23 March 2015
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Dave S
Birmingham, AL158 contributions
Small awesome park with up-close encounters
May 2014 • Family
Nice park to visit. The animals are active and well cared for. The enclosures are spacious and natural. The animals seem happy and curious about visitors. Lots of programs available for all ages and they do different thing for the animals and visitors during holidays. I love to support small wildlife parks like this where the interactions are more personal than the large municipal zoos.

Would love to go back but moved away. Highly encourage you to visit and support them.
Written 3 March 2015
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Firefanne
Chicago137 contributions
Great place
We visited the Wildlife Prairie Park yesterday and had a wonderful time!

I was worried that it would be closed or there wouldn't be much to do because it has been so cold outside, but everything went well.

There are quite a few animals still outside and moving around even in the winter. My favorite animals to see were the otters. They were running all around and playing, and they came up close to us to show off. They were so cute!

There were several activities to do in the few hours that we were there. First we got to go feed Mike the bison. (He was raised as a 4-H project and he likes humans and not other bison, so he has to be kept separate from the herd.) It was very cool to get to pet a bison! Next we feed the wolves. We threw them meat snow balls. It was fun, but the wolves weren't very interested in this particular snack. After that we walked all around and saw cougars, foxes, wolves, otters, and owls. We came back inside to learn about owls and skunks. We saw a ton of animals!

There was an activity to make animals in the snow, but we passed on that.

They had free hot chocolate inside to warm us up! I thought that was a nice touch, especially since the restaurant and snack areas were closed for the winter.

The staff was unbelievably friendly and knowledgeable. They really made the day awesome!

If you have kids or just like animals, you should come here!
Written 11 January 2015
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John W
Lostant, IL2,189 contributions
Great place, brings back memories of my childhood
Jul 2014 • Friends
Came here several times as a kid when we lived in the area several years ago. Visited in July and still such a nice park. The state of Illinois had control for several years and thankfully recently they went back to private ownership. Favorite part still has to be the Buffalo and they were feeding them so we saw them up close. They have redone many of the animal enclosures so it looks very nice. The train ride is a good way to see the park as well as to take a break from walking. We even spotting some deer up close too!!!
Written 16 October 2014
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GG1230
CRYSTAL LAKE81 contributions
Beautiful!
Sep 2014 • Family
We came to the Wildlife Prairie Park for a Brunch occasion which was fine/average (food was normal eggs, coffee, etc.) but the park itself is amazing. Beautiful animals; most were visible and at least awake. I really liked the cats and the birds. The walking paths were nicely maintained. The buildings, seating, play areas, etc were just so nice. We will definitely be back. A great place to spend time while in/near Peoria. I wish I knew about this years ago!
Written 5 October 2014
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IL4891
IL42 contributions
Much Improved
Oct 2014 • Family
We had been here about 1 1/2 years ago and just went back today for their 1st Harvest Days event. It is such a drastic change I am so glad we gave it another chance. I had no idea all the improvements they made. The petting zoo part is completely redone, with lots of animals. The new bird enclosures are nice as well. I am not sure if it was there last time bc we never went in, but the discovery center or whatever the room is called in the building toward the entrance where you start out is great, it has so much for kids to do and learn, and the woman in charge of it is very good with kids and knowledgeable. We saw every animal that we visited fairly close up including the bear, wolves, otters, and buffalo. Love that they have so much land to live on.

I hope they continue the Harvest Days yearly, the hayrack ride was fun and lots of vendors and activities in the petting zoo area for kids-pumpkin toss, observing a cider press and sampling some cider, shelling corn, a pig race, etc and food/drink for sale there as well. The old farm house is neat to go in as well, and the new garden looks amazing. So glad to see the place looking much better kept up, we spent several hours here and could have spent longer!
Written 4 October 2014
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JaxNuge961
Ohio1 contribution
Fabulous place for a Wedding!
Sep 2014 • Family
The management, the food, the hall, the view all exceeded expectations! We traveled here from OH and were pleasantly surprised, as well as, folks that were local to the area. The management was very accommodating, overseeing to make sure things exceeded expectations. The food was awesome: roast beef carving station, mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken alfredo, green beans, salad, rolls; everything was fresh, hot and tasty! The hall overlooked the Bison and Elk enclosure which just enhanced the experience. The glass doors/walls opening up on the dance floor to an outdoor patio, stupendous! Highly recommend!
Written 9 September 2014
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Alysia R
Chicago, IL178 contributions
Fantastic!
Jul 2014 • Friends
My father told my sister and I about this place and we were a bit skeptical. We thought that it'd be a lame little animal garden. But we were SO wrong! This place is fantastic! It took us a few hours to get through the whole place and it was so much fun! We got to see some wild animals like bison, wolves, bobcats, and bears etc in more natural habitats, which was quite nice. Also, we absolutely loved the barnyard animal section. If you have a few quarters to spare, you can buy animal food and feed some of the animals such as goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, and cows. :D We had a blast. There's also a cute little butterfly house as well. The place is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so it might be a bit difficult to find. Also, when you are entering the park with your car, be careful and drive slowly because you are in a forested area with wild animals. I say this because when we went in, we almost hit a deer that decided to jump out on the road.
Written 5 September 2014
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Karen M
Plainfield116 contributions
THE WILDLIFE IS PLENTIFUL!!
Aug 2014 • Family
My spouse and I stayed at the park in a caboose with our two grandchildren. They were so excited to see the deer that we decided to go on the Adventure Trek that goes out into the field and feeds the deer/elk. They got to feed a bison named "BIG MIKE". It was so great watching the elk running after the golf cart that the zookeepers had with food. Of course don't forget all of the other animals, the train ride and the 52 foot slide. We bought wax paper so the slide would be faster going down. In the evening when we were at the caboose the elk and the bison came over by the fenced area. It such a peaceful area (except for the loudness of my grandkids). It is definitely a lot of FUN!
Written 24 August 2014
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172nancyj
Eau Claire, WI139 contributions
A wildlife park with lots of walking trails
Aug 2014 • Friends
I must admit I was here in 2013 on a tour and we did not have much time to explore to this year I came with my partner and his friends met us and we spent a few hours here. The TREK bus [extra fee] was the best part as we were allowed inside the Bison/Elk area and got to feed a Bison. There is a lot to see on the TREK and the volunteers were very knowledgeable. Seeing the Caboose and cabins that are available for rent has caused us to plan another visit and stay overnight for several days. It is interesting to learn that this land was once a coal mining area. We did not walk too much..another reason to come back and do those hikes! A great park for families too.
Written 19 August 2014
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