The Giraffes At The Wilds
Sitting on close to 10,000 acres, or 14 square miles, of land, they currently maintain 31 rare and endangered species from around the world.
David and I wanted to do the ziplining and horseback riding. We went for the ziplining first.
The Wilds is unique in that they are the largest nature conservation facility in the entire North American continent. They are a private, non-profit safari park and conservation center that offers unique experiences such as ziplining and horseback riding through the preserve.
The Wilds In Southeast Ohio
It’s an interesting course. You are taken through trees, not being able to see the platform on the other end. All the way to an open area over the ponds and fields where you zip past and over the animals.
Here are two videos of the zipline that David captured off his GoPro helmet mounted camera…
The last zipline delivers you to an area where you can feed these huge Catfish, look at the Trumpeter Swans, which The Wilds helped reintroduce back into Ohio, and view the Giraffes.
By the time we were done ziplining it was already 2pm. We had enough time to scarf down a hotdog, get our tickets for horseback riding and jump on a shuttle bus to take us to the horseback riding area. The next horseback riding tour was at 2:30.
We made it with time to spare.
Now, I don’t know about many of you, but I have never been on a horse before. So this was all new to me.
Our horses were great. They originally came from Oklahoma and they were trained to just follow. So I really didn’t need to do much but hang on. Levi just followed David’s horse, “Charcoal”. A little too close sometimes. David’s horse would stop to swat at a fly bothering him and Levi would just run right into Charcoal. Oh well. It didn’t seem to bother him any. Charcoal’s tail kept swinging and swatting at flies and my horse Levi seemed to like that because it kept the flies off of his face.
And yes, David had his phone with him and received a text while out there. I couldn’t resist taking this picture.
And no…he didn’t reply and have a conversation on his phone while he was enjoying the horse tour. I think I’d have something to say about that one :)
All in all it was a wonderful day. It was hot and humid, but a breeze helped with that. The day before it had poured, so we lucked out with the timing of the weather.
Oh and about Wolfie’s Campground…I think I was a little hasty to judge them in my previous post. We had some rowdy and obnoxious campers there that gave us a bad feeling about this campground. They ended up leaving the next day and the rest of the 2 days we were there were fine. Although, I still would not stay in the site we were in. There are only a few level sights and ours was not one of them.
Now on to Louisville and The Rally…