The Wilds is a private, non-profit wildlife conservation center located in Muskingum County, Ohio. It is situated on 9,154 acres (37.04 km²) of reclaimed coal mine land and is home to over 25 non-native and hundreds of native species. The Wilds is the largest wildlife conservation center for endangered species in North America and is open between the months of May and October. Formally, the Wilds is incorporated asThe International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals, Inc. (ICPWA).
If you’re ever lucky enough to make it to The Wilds, about 90 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, I’d highly recommend taking one of the sunset tours. Not only is the light significantly better for photographs, it’s right about feeding time for the animals. While I haven’t been there during the day, it’s hard to imagine the animals being incredibly active in the middle of the day. When I went on the Sunset Safari Tour the animals were out and about in anticipation of feeding time. And there’s nothing like watching a crash of rhinos waiting for their dinner.