- Maine Wildlife Park is among the 15 best rated Tourist Attractions in the USA.
Maine Wildlife Park is run by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and offers the once in a lifetime opportunity to encounter indigenous wildlife up close. All animals living in the wildlife park were either born here or cannot be taken back to wildlife in nature. Due to injuries and excessive human habituation, the chance to survive in the wild for certain animals is rather small. Orphaned animals often grow up here as well.
From the entrance there are several ways you may follow, such as the Wetland Trail or the Deer Trail leading through the entire park. On the round tour through the park you may encounter, in total, 30 living species endemic to Maine. Apart from red deer and elks, the Maine Wildlife Park is also home to opossums, cougars, lynxes, coyotes, eagles and porcupines.
In the eastern part of the wildlife park you will find brown bears enjoying a great popularity among visitors. Maine is home to 25,000 brown bears. Contrary to what is commonly believed, these omnivorous animals require only up to 20% of meat to cover their nutritional needs.
Maine Wildlife Park has many attractions to offer, among which you will find an open air class room, a visitor's center, a gamekeeper museum, a fish rearing tank, and a nature shop. In the middle of the park you have lots of space to barbecue and have a break in the picnic area. If you have nothing to eat with you, don't despair, the Snack Shack might offer you something to your taste.
How to get there
From the direction of Maine Highway
Take Exit 63 and turn left onto Route 115. Having passed the overpass, take a right onto Route 26A. From here it's only a 3.4 mi (5.5km) drive to Maine Wildlife Park which, following the road, will appear on your right-hand side.
From the direction of the Sebago Lakes region
Coming from Route 320 you change onto Route 115 and continue until Grey. Before reaching the overpass above the Maine Highway, you take a left onto Route 26A. From here it's only a 3.4 mi (5.5km) drive to Maine Wildlife Park which, following the road, will appear on your right-hand side.