Monday was quiet afternoon at the Wild Iris Inn so Jacqui, my assistant and I decided to take a drive to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, http://www.mainewildlifepark.com. It is located about 30 minutes NW of Portland. We stopped and got some sandwiches and headed out. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) manage this park.
Many of the animals at the Maine Wildlife Park were brought there because they were injured or orphaned, or because they were human dependent - raised, sometimes illegally, in captivity. The Park serves as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in the Wild.
They had a nice shaded picnic area to sit and eat our lunch. Jacqui and I were quite surprise how pleasant and accessible the park was for all ages. We viewed moose, lots of deer and turkey vultures, along with a variety of Maine's wild cat population. It was a very hot and humid day and it was quite pleasant walking through the woods and viewing some of Maine's wildlife up close. It would be a great place to take kids or adults as they had lots of information on the animal that lived there. It is stroller, wheelchair and walker accessible. We both agreed it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Wild Iris Inn
273 State Street
Portland, ME 04101