York's Wild Kingdom

 
Combine animal science with amusement park fun at York’s Wild Kingdom—New England’s only zoo and amusement park! The zoo is home to lions, tigers, bobcats, camels, monkeys, zebras, ostriches, kangaroos, and butterflies in the 5,500-square-foot Butterfly Kingdom exhibit. Live interactions with animals in the petting zoo, duck feedings, the deer encounter, and animal presentations allow groups to witness the natural behaviors of a selection of animals. The amusement park features over 22 rides, which include a Merry Go Round, Ferris Wheel, and more. Other attractions include the mini golf course, batting cages, go karts, an arcade, and bumper boats.
 
For group  info, visit www.yorkswildkingdom.com/group-outings.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1 Animal Park Road, York, ME 03909. York County.
 
Tel: 207-363-4911.
 
 
 
Hrs: Vary by season.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. 
 
Cost: Fee.
 

Zoos Fun Facts

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as human fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. They also need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When visiting the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways that the animals have adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them to survive.

Most zoos provide free educational resources to make your trip more meaningful; some offer group tours. You can also ask about animal feeding times or other events and plan your trip accordingly.