Wildlife Prairie Park Article

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Wildlife Prairie Park
a herd of bison on a rolling prairie, with water
Bison and rolling prairie near observation deck
Illinois, with marker in the middle of Peoria County
Illinois, with marker in the middle of Peoria County
Location in Illinois
Location Peoria County, Illinois
Nearest city Norwood, Illinois
Coordinates 40°44′N 89°44′W / 40.733°N 89.733°W / 40.733; -89.733

40°44′N 89°44′W / 40.733°N 89.733°W / 40.733; -89.733
Area1,700 acres (6.9 km2)[ citation needed]
Designation3826 N Taylor Rd Hanna City, IL 61536
OwnerFriends of Wildlife Prairie Park
Website wildlifeprairiepark.org

Wildlife Prairie Park, officially dedicated as Hazel & Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie Park, is located in Peoria County, Illinois, in central Illinois, about 10 miles (16 km) west of downtown Peoria. The park contains wildlife animals native to Illinois, in a natural environment.

The land was first obtained by the Forest Park Foundation in the late 1960s, and Wildlife Prairie Park first open to the public in September 1977, permanently opening in 1978. [1] It was transferred from private foundation ownership to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and renamed Wildlife Prairie State Park in autumn of 2001. In May 2013 the park was signed back over to private ownership, to be transferred to a group of community members who called themselves Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park. [2] [3] The land was officially regained in 2014.[ citation needed] A motel, restaurant, playground, train, animals, safari bus, giant slide, banquet facilities, special holiday events and other attractions are also located on the grounds. Years before environmental protection was common practice in most places, many of the man-made features of the park were built manually and with recycled materials to minimize the impact to the environment.[ citation needed]


  1. ^ "The History". Hanna City, Illinois: Wildlife Prairie Park. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ Wildlife Prairie Park Facebook post, May 11, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "An Act concerning property." (P.A. 98-0013), approved May 13, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

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