This past Friday, our grandparents surprised us with a trip to Marshfield. The main goal of the trip was a visit to the Wildwood Park and Zoo located there. The last time we had visited this particular zoo, I was around the age of two, so in a way it was new to me. Being most familiar with the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI, I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular. However, though not a huge zoo, it had an excellent variety of animals and all were visible as well as being up close and personal.
One thing that impressed me were the bird exhibits. Instead of the zoo just having one of each species, the birds have a companion. Amber and Liberty, the Bald Eagles, were definitely my favorite. Being that close to such a magnificent bird is an awesome feeling.
The zoo has two sections; one for walking and one for driving. While walking, you are able to get very close to the open, airy exhibits and view the animals from a safe yet fascinating distance. There are plenty of geese and ducks to feed along the way, too.
The driving section is nicely paved, takes you past the wolf exhibit (currently inhabited by Nelson, a Timber Wolf), and allows you to get an excellent view of bison, white-tail deer, and elk. There is also a pond with a observation deck out over the water where you can stop to feed the ducks and geese. And where I photographed the zoo’s Mute Swan, Lady. You can click HERE for more photos of Lady.
In addition to the many exhibits currently at the zoo, they will be working on a Grizzly Bear exhibit come Spring of 2015. If you visit the highlighted link, you can contribute to this fun and interactive home for the bears.
My family and I had a wonderful time at this zoo, and I highly recommend you plan a visit as well. It is definitely worth your while!