Maine's Wildlife Rescues, Animal Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
You and your family can see both exotic and native wild animals at the animal parks and zoos in Maine.
York's Wild Kingdom
York's Wild Kingdom, in the resort town of York Beach, is home to Emus, Eagle Owls, Eurasian Lynx, Red Tail Boa Constrictors, Black Swans and American Alligators. There’s also an extensive Butterfly Kingdom and an amusement park with rides of all sorts, plus mini golf! Short Sands Beach is just a short walk away, as is shopping and dining in York.
Maine Wildlife Park
You and your family can get a close-up look at local wildlife at the Maine Wildlife Parkin Gray. You can see moose, black bear, white-tailed deer, coyote and other native animals – over 30 species in all who are unable to return to the wild. Your kids can feel samples of animal fur and make sand paw prints at the visitor center. Your family can also try to guess the identity of animals by their silhouettes as you walk along the Game Trail. Feeling peckish? Grab a bite to eat at the Snack Shack.
You could get a kiss from a camel at DEW Haven in the town of Mt. Vernon. More than 200 orphaned, abused and sick animals are cared for and rehabilitated at this 42-acre farm. Visit nearby Scapes Café in Mount Vernon for locally sourced breakfast or lunch on the shores of Minnehonk Lake.
At Kisma Preserve in Trenton, you and your family can take guided tours to see animals from North America, Africa and various tropical and rainforest regions. You can reserve a Meet a Wolf or Bear tour to see wild animals up close, or fall asleep to the sound of wolves howling and enjoy the view of Cadillac Mountain from a primitive camping site, too.