The best place to see local wildlife is in the wild, but if lions, tigers, bears and African cranes are on your list, you’ll find them too…
Everyone’s seen those videos of the guy flying an ultra-light airplane with baby whooping cranes right? Well this is where that story started. The International Crane Foundation was founded here in Baraboo in 1973 and ever since has worked to save the world’s cranes. E-11376 Shady Lane Rd. P.O. Box 447. Baraboo, WI 53913 Phone: 608.356.9462
The Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue is in Rock Springs, WI., Just a few miles west of Baraboo. It’s hard to believe these guys don’t have a home. Admission is around $10 and $6 for kids. The money of course helps support this expensive care effort. It’s worth it just to see the big guys up close. 305 Pine Street. Rock Springs, Wisconsin. Phone: 608.524.LION (5466)
Oschner’s Park & Zoo
Admittedly Oschner’s Park & Zoo in Baraboo is not the largest of zoos. Still it’s a great big park perfect for summer gatherings with rentable shelters, a playground, and of course the free zoo. The stars of the show are the Black Bears, The Wolves, a Bobcat and of course the monkeys! Oschner’s Park is in the city of Baraboo, just minutes from Devil’s Lake.
ZOO HOURS: 7:30 AM to Dusk
During the winter months American Bald Eagles gather along the Wisconsin River near Sauk-Prairie, about 20 minutes south of the park. Click the link to learn more at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s website.
** Oh, and the Bison? They live on a local farm just west of Baraboo. The farm doesn’t offer tours, but even a drive by is quite a treat. Finding them, well.. that’s the adventure.