Today, we took the kids to a place in central Ohio called The Wilds. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out! This was our second time going this season, and we want to make one more trip there next month. It never disappoints! We got to take an air conditioned bus through over 500 acres (they have 10,000 acres total, but not all is available to the public). It is the largest wildlife conservation centers in the United States and one of the largest in the world. During the trip, we got to see some awesome animals up close and personal!
The view from the visitor's center
Bactrian Deer, native to central Asia and parts of the middle east
American Bison, native to North America...it was actually kind of amusing to watch the rhino chase the bison. Don't see that every day...
An adult and baby Southern White Rhino, native to southern Africa.
We got fantastic views of the white rhinos, and one kept coming really close to our bus
At one point, he started running right towards us!
Eld's Deer, native to south and southeast Asia
Scimitar-horned onyx, formerly native to north Africa. It was extinct in the wild until 2007 when The Wilds send one of theirs to Tunisia as part of a reintroduction project
Bitty Bug relaxing in the mid-sized carnivore conservation area
Jedi making goofy faces outside of the cheetah area
Monkey taking a few minutes to sit down after watching the cheetahs
Cheetahs, native to sub-saharan Africa and northern Iran
Przewalski's Wild Horse, native to Europe and parts of Asia. They were extinct at one point, but were reintroduced to Mongolia and China in recent years
Giraffes, native to Africa
A honeybee pollinating the flowers--you can even see his pollen sack!
More Przewalkski wild horses
The kids walking on the trail
Various Ohio Native plants
Indochina Sika Deer, native to Vietnam and China, but likely extinct in the wild
Bactrian Camels, native to Mongolia
Persian Onagers, native to Iran