Stories tagged with: The Wilds

August 29, 2011 - 8:51pm
3 years 30 weeks ago

There's a new way to explore the Wilds Conservation Center - and it's giving visitors a birds-eye view.

It's hard to believe that these 10,000 acres of rolling hills used to be a coal mine.

"In the 70s, this was a moonscape.  There was nothing here," said Chief Operations Officer Rob McBurney.

The Wilds Conservation Center has undergone quite a facelift since then.  McBurney said the newest addition is a zipline safari tour - a series of ten ziplines...

July 6, 2011 - 1:31pm
3 years 38 weeks ago

It is an exciting step for conservation efforts at The Wilds in Cumberland as they release over one hundred American Burying Beetles into the wild.

The American Burying Beetle is the first insect to be listed as a federally protected endangered species and completely disappeared from Ohio in 1974.

"For some reason this species has been out competed or something has happened to cause their numbers to decline," explained Wildlife Biologist at Wayne National Forest Lynda...

May 30, 2011 - 5:41pm
3 years 43 weeks ago

Today's temperatures may have seemed unbearable, but for those at the wilds, temperatures were unfaising.

Wildlife Correspondent, Jack Hanna spent the day with children, and fans of all ages. Even Hanna's grandchildren came out to celebrate Memorial Day at The Wilds. Hanna said, there has always been alot to see and, now, there is alot to do.

"Let me tell you, you can't come to The Wilds and just stay for 2 hours," said Hanna. "Yes, somebody...

May 11, 2011 - 11:19am
3 years 46 weeks ago

The Wilds is setting itself up to be a premiere tourist destination for the state of Ohio.

Jack Hanna and some his animal guests spoke to business about his plans for the conservation park over the next few years and how they can help spread the word about The Wilds.

"We're adding two major that have been there before F-U-N and L-O-V-E which means they're going to leave here loving the animal world even more than they do now which The Wilds has done before but they're also...

April 30, 2011 - 4:55pm
3 years 47 weeks ago

Some area runners are leaving the city to explore the wild.

The 2011 Ecothon Run for a Claws took place at the Wilds in Cumberland on Saturday. The conservation sits on nearly 10,000 acres and is home to rare and endangered species from all over the world.

"It's all about getting the people to our facility to show it off, it's a new year for us here at the Wilds and it's also an opportunity for those who want to get out and run around the beautiful acreage that we have,...

April 21, 2011 - 12:13pm
3 years 48 weeks ago

The Wilds' in Cumberland is hoping you'll "Like" the name for the new baby rhino.

The conservation center received more than 800 entries in it's rhino naming contest and have now narrowed the suggestions down to three.

The names: Firefly, Sparks and Spit Fire. The names have been post of the Wilds' Facebook page and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite by "Liking" the name of their choice. The voting will end at midnight on Sunday.

The fan...

October 17, 2010 - 7:57pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

One of America's favorite zoo keepers is making a stop in Muskingum County.

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna was offering special safari tours to the public at the Wilds Sunday afternoon. It's known as one of the largest conservation centers in north America.

"For me to come to the Wilds is literally like me leaving the continent of North America because here you're exposed to animals from all over the world, not just animals, but you're families are with you," said...

September 24, 2010 - 12:05pm
4 years 26 weeks ago

The Wilds Animal Preserve in Muskingum County is participating in a statewide campaign to get kids outdoors.  It is called "Leave No Child Inside".

John Glenn biology students spent the day outside learning about nature at The Wilds. The Director of Conservation Denise Natoli Brooks said as part of the movement different parts of the state connected together to a live video feed from Columbus where Governor Ted Strickland unveiled the Outdoor Bill of...

August 3, 2010 - 2:57pm
4 years 33 weeks ago

On Monday we told you about a special birth at the Wilds Animal Preserve in Muskingum County. Two exotic horse-like animals born are getting a lot of attention.

"They are the loveliest creatures you've ever seen and the fact is, it's break through science,"Patin said.

Tourist Bob Patin and his family had to see the endangered animals that are called Onagers.

"My whole family came from all around Ohio, some from out of state and we stayed for three nights,...

June 8, 2010 - 6:59pm
4 years 42 weeks ago

The Wilds is adding a new facility to its 10,000 acres of land. It held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its brand new Conservation Science Training Center.

"There isn't anything like this where you have land restoration and wildlife restoration. It really not only touches this unique spot on the globe in southeast Ohio, but almost every country in the world has problems with the wildlife coming back and with their land that's being destroyed, " says Hocking...

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