As Livingston County’s only zoo, Wild Wonders Wildlife Park plays a significant role in educating the public about species of Michigan wildlife and how we as humans can live in harmony with the wild animals that enrich our environment.
Wapi, our American Beaver, spends his afternoons leisurely chewing on tree branches and swimming in his pond. Zeus the Bobcat intently keeps watch from high on his platform. And Kili, the majestic bald eagle, reminds visitors of the many freedoms we enjoy every day. Along with more than 70 other birds, mammals and reptiles, Wapi, Zeus, and Kili live in the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park at the Howell Nature Center.
Wild Wonders Wildlife Park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for self-guided tours. View our Day Visitor’s page for additional information.
The Wild Wonders Wildlife Park was born from Howell Nature Center’s mission to help injured and orphaned wildlife and to educate the public to become better stewards of our natural world. The park provides a permanent home for birds and mammals who, due to permanent injury or imprinting on humans, cannot be released to their natural habitat.
All of the creatures who call the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park “home” serve as educational ambassadors to the Park’s 20,000 visitors each year. Also, many of the Park’s wildlife residents go on more than 200 off-site, live birds of prey and mammal programs presented by the Howell Nature Center each year throughout Michigan. And “Woody,” Michigan’s official Groundhog Day groundhog, is also a resident!
Throughout the half-mile path that winds through the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park, visitors find native Michigan wildlife like fox, porcupine, coyotes, groundhogs, opossums, owls, hawks, falcons, and more in habitats specifically designed to mimic each animal’s natural environment. Newly-designed interpretive signs enrich self-guided as well as naturalist-guided tours.