WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS, PARKS & ZOOS


This is probably my most time consuming blog post yet! I've had a few people message me asking about sanctuaries and animal encounters that are located in the area. So, I decided to do some research and find out where they all are. I've found several! This blog required a lot of researching..& I mean a lot of research! After hours of digging I put together a list of Animal encounters, events, parks, sanctuaries, and zoos that are all located under 5 hours.

*All route times are from Kankakee, IL.

ILLINOIS

Aikman Wildlife Adventure

125 N CO Rd 425 E

Arcola, IL 61940

(217) 268-3500

1hr 52min

Aquatic Experience

1551 Thoreau Dr

Schaumburg, IL 60173

1hr 28min

Big Wolf Run Ranch

14857 Farrell Rd

Lockport, IL 60441

(815) 588-0044

55min

Brookfield Zoo

8400 W 31st St

Brookfield, IL 60513

(708) 688-8000

1hr 8min

Brown's Oakridge Zoo

17732 N Dairy Farm Rd

Smithfield, IL 61477

(309) 783-2112

3hr 2min

Cosley Zoo

1356 N Gary Ave

Wheaton, IL 60187

1hr 25min

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch

1356 County Rd

Rantoul, IL 61866

(217) 892-0046

1hr 5 min

Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 E Shore Dr

Springfield, IL 62712

(217) 585-1821

2hr 32min

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St

Chicago, IL 60614

1hr 9 min

Miller Park Zoo

1020 S Morris Ave

Bloomington, IL 61701

(309) 434-2250

1hr 39min

Niabi Zoo

13010 Niabi Zoo Rd

Cosl Valley, IL 61240

(309) 799-3482

2hr 42min

Peoria Zoo

2320 N Prospect Rd

Peoria, IL 61603

(309) 686-3365

2 hr 4min

Phillips Park Zoo

1000 Ray Moses Dr

Aurora, IL 60505

(630) 256-3860

1hr 23min

Scott Smith's All Animal Expo

Dupage COunty Fairgrounds

2015 Manchester Rd

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 533-0181

1hr 29min

Scovill Zoo

71 S Country Club Rd

Decatur, IL 62521

(217) 421-7435

2hr

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 939-2438

1hr

Summerfield Farm & Zoo

3088 Flora Rd

Belvidere, IL 61008

(815) 547-4852

2hr 13min

Treehouse Wildlife Center

23956 Green Acres Center

Dow, IL 662022

(618) 466-2990

4hr 5min

Wildlife Prairie Park

3826 N Taylor Rd

Hanna City, IL 61536

(309) 676-0998

2hr 12min

INDIANA

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

1426 W 300 N

Albion, IN 46701

(260) 636-7383

3hr 9min

Columbian Park Zoo

1915 Scott Street

Layfayette, IN 47904

(765) 807-1540

1hr 28min

Cook's Bison Ranch

5645 E 600 S

Wolcottville, IN 46795

(866) 382-2356

3hr

Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

1545 Mesker Park Dr

Evansville, IN 47720

(812) 435-6143

4hr 34min

Exotic Feline Rescue Center

2221 E Ashboro Rd

Center Point, IN 47840

(812) 835-1130

3hr 3min

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

3411 Sherman BLVD

Fort Wayne, IN 46808

(260) 427-6800

3hr 14min

Indiana Raptor Center

1376 Jackson Branch Ridge Rd

Nashville, IN 47448

(812) 988-8990

3hr 33min

Indianapolis Zoo

1200 W Washington St

Indianapolis, IN 46222

(317) 630-2001

2hr 33min

Maple Lane Wildlife

1843 West Lake Street

Topeka, IN 46571

(260) 593-2248

2hr 45min

Potawatomi Zoo

500 S Greenlawn Ave

South Bend, IN 46645

(574) 235-9800

2hr 10min

Red Wolf Sanctuary & Raptor Rehab

30327 IN-262

Rising Sun, IN 47040

(812) 438-2306

4hr 23min

The Dawn Brancheau Foundation- Dream Big Walk

Lake County Fair Grounds

889 S Court St

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 663-3617

1hr

The Nature Conservancy's Kankakee Sands

3294 US Highway 41

Morocco, IN 47963

36min

Washington Park Zoo

115 Lake Shore Dr

Michigan, IN 46360

(219) 873-1510

1hr 32min

Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve

6975 N Ray Rd

Fremont, IN 46737

(260) 495-0137

3hr

Wildlife in Need, Inc

3320 Jack Teeple Rd

Charlestown, IN 47111

(812) 256-3894

4hr 4min

Wilstem Ranch

4237 W US Highway 150

Paoli, IN 47454

(812) 936-4484

4hr 19min

Wolf Creek Habitat & Rescue

14099 Wolf Creek Rd

Brookville, IN 47012

(513) 312-9143

3hr 56min

Wolf Park

4004 E 800 N

Battle Ground, IN 47920

(765) 567-2265

1hr 37min

MICHIGAN

Bat Zone │Cranbrook Institute of Science

39221 Woodward Ave

Bloomfield, MI 48303

(248) 645-3200

4hr 47min

John Ball Zoo

1300 W Fulton St

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 336-4300

3hr

MISSOURI

Endangered Wolf Center

6750 Tyson Valley Rd

Eureka, MO

(636) 938-5900

4hr 15min

WISCONSIN

New Zoo & Adventure Park

5378 Reforestation Rd

Suamico, Wisconsin 54313

(920) 434-7841

4hr 23min

Oceans of Fun

10001 W. Bluemound Rd

Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 453-5527

2hr 32min

Wisconsin Deer Park

2183 Wisconsin Dells Parkway

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

(608) 253-2041

4hr

-Kelsey

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