Sometimes you happen across things that you never knew existed, or things that you find to be really cool and unique somewhere along the back roads and interstates of travel. These small points of interest, while not an entire means for travel or destination, are still quite fun to visit on your way through anyways. I like to search out these small adventures, points of interest and quirky roadside finds.
Today I wanted to share with you a quaint, small town zoo found just on the border of Howell and Pinckney, Michigan. This zoo is unlike any other zoo I have ever been to because it hosts only animals which have been rescued and rehabilitated locally. When animals are found hurt or in distress, these are the people who take them in and nurse them back to health. When animals are found illegally owned, they are brought here to be cared for properly. Once the animals are healed, they are evaluated on whether or not they could be re-released into nature. The ones that can be safely re-released, are. The one’s who can not, now find their homes among the natural forestry of the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park.
As you walk through the park you are surrounded by a natural landscape with plants, vegetation, trees and fresh air. The animals live here too, beneath the trees’ canopies and within carefully constructed barriers. They are well cared for, but allowed to live life as close to their natural habitats as possible. Here you won’t find polar bears or lions, but you will find local animals such as turtles, groundhogs, eagles, owls and coyotes. Each animal has a story and has been given a second chance at life.
Among the park you will also find natural art, nature paths and a super cool natural playground for kids.
Have you ever wanted your kids to use their imaginations and play outdoors? Apparently so does this park. Within a gated play area you will find ropes tied to trees for climbing, sand to sit and play in, tree stumps for jumping across, large laid down dress for climbing on and perfect sized tree limbs for building forts.
Do a little bit of exploring back in the trails coming off of the playground and you might also find a fairy village, complete with a toadstool table and fairy homes!
This zoo is something to be seen and explored first hand. Find out more information on their website at http://howellnaturecenter.org/wildlife/wild-wonders-wildlife-park/ . Admission is donation style, but $5 per adults and $3 per child is suggested. Donations go towards helping to care for sick and injured animals.
Do you know of a really cool roadside find I should check out? Share your ideas with me here. I’m always looking for a new adventure. 🙂