The Wilds is open for the season

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

And it's also time to plan a visit out to The Wilds in Cumberland! This cutting-edge safari park and conservation center just reopened for the 2015 season on Saturday!

Established in 1984, the Wilds resides on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed surface mining land. Home to more than 30 rare and endangered species from around the globe, the Wilds offers wide, open pastures for these species to roam and even coexist. In 2014, the Wilds welcomed over 70 newborns, including seven Sichuan takin, a greater one-horned rhino, a giraffe and the first fifth-generation white rhino born outside of Africa. These offspring are as exciting for conservationists as they are adorable for all animal lovers.

Visitors can choose to ride in a pick-up truck to feed giraffes or touch a rhino on a Wildside Tour, feel the breeze on an Open-Air Safari Tour while snapping breathtaking photos, or relax from the comfort of a climate-controlled Safari Transport bus.

Guests can get a birds-eye view while they soar over the animal pastures on a Zipline Safari Tour or saddle up on a Horseback Safari through the quiet prairies. The Wilds also offers a wide array of tours to enjoy at sunset.

The Wilds is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through September and weekends only in October. Pricing varies depending on the tour. For more information about the Wilds or to schedule a tour, please visit