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Wildlife Safari Park Opens Bison Overlook, Walking Trails and More

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, is opening more areas for visitors today after being a drive-through experience only this season due to coronavirus. Guests are now able to leave their vehicle to do some exploring.  Areas opening today to visitors include the walking trails, the Bison Overlook, the Pelican Wetlands Overlook, the Eagle Aviary, the Prairie Dog viewing, the Pawnee Creek Food Trailer, and the base deck of the Crane Meadows Viewing Tower (all other... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jun 15, 2020

Wildlife Safari Park Opens Friday for Drive-Through Visitors

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, will open for the season this Friday, March 27, with the daily hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Wildlife Safari Park will be limited to a drive-through experience only until April 30, 2020. Several areas will not be accessible by guests on foot including the hiking trails, Visitor Center, the Hands-On Corral, Eagle Aviary, and the Bison Overlook and Nature Play Area.  “All of us at... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

Vote Now for Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park in 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as a contender for “Best Zoo” and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park for “Best Safari Park” in America. Asian Highlands at the Zoo has also been nominated as “Best Zoo Exhibit” in the country. The public is being asked to cast their votes online to determine the winners.    The public has until Monday, April 12, at 11 a.m. to vote online. Each... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Experience the New Bison Overlook and Nature Play Exhibits at Wildlife Safari Park

Wildlife Safari Park has opened its new Bison Overlook and Nature Play Area. The addition allows visitors to exit their vehicles and walk onto an ADA accessible raised platform, putting them eye-to-eye with North America’s largest mammal.  The 600-square foot viewing deck overlooks the 40 acres of woodland hills and open grasslands that make up the Bison Plains. A full-size bronze sculpture of a mother bison and her young calf greet guests at the entrance of the viewing deck... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019

Bison Calf Born in May

The bison herd at Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland has grown by one—a calf born on May 27. Visitors can see the auburn-colored calf roaming Bison Plains with mom and the herd. Bison calves will turn dark brown a few months after birth, the same time their characteristic hump and horns start to grow. Since its opening in 1998, Wildlife Safari Park has played a key role in conserving bison and educating the public about the critical challenges impacting the native species—the... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Monday, Aug 5, 2019

Wildlife Safari Park Named USA TODAY 10Best's "Best Safari" in the Country

Wildlife Safari Park was named the best in the country in USA TODAY 10Best's Reader's Choice Travel Award's "Best Safari Park" category. The honor was determined through public voting.  10Best, which provides travel advice to more than 40 million travelers annually, asks its readers to choose the 10Best in a single category each week. These categories range from food, lodging and destinations to travel gear and things to do. 10Best’s travel experts... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

Zoo, Wildlife Safari Park to Soon Accept Natural Christmas Tree Donations for Animal Enrichment

Need a home for your freshly cut Christmas tree after the holidays? The Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park will soon be accepting natural Christmas tree donations, which will provide enrichment opportunities for many of our animals. The official drop-off locations and timeframe donations will be accepted will be announced soon, but so you can start preparing your tree accordingly… For the safety of the animals, please use the following care and display guidelines: Avoid any... Read More
at Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017