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Cougar in its native habitat enclosure

Local Birding

Wildlife Prairie Park

3826 N. Taylor Road

Hanna City, IL 61536

Phone: 309-676-0998


Located just 10 miles west of downtown Peoria. WPP is conveniently located 2 ½ miles south of I-74.

Take I-74, Exit 82 or I-474, Exit 3 and follow the signs.

Wildlife Prairie Park - Official Website

Google Map to Wildlife Prairie Park

eBird: Birding Hotspot Map

Description Wildlife Prairie Park has often been referred to as a jewel in the Midwest. This 1,800-acre zoological park is home to over 150 animals/50 different species that are native to Illinois.

Visitors come to learn about wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bear, elk, cougar, otter and much more.

The park consists of natural landscape, where visitors can learn about conservation and be surprised at everything Wildlife Prairie Park has to offer, including fishing, lodging, and birding in the varied habitats.  

Brochure: Self-guided Tour of WPP

Note: State Park Admission Fee

Suggested Route/Stops Suggested Routes and stops for Birding:

Any of the cottages by the lake are a bird watcher’s dream

  • Hike the 4 mi. Floodplain Trail to experience a wide variety of habitats
  • Merril Woods Loop
  • Daily Raptor Program (see website for dates that apply throughout the year)
  • Deep Lake
  • Hazels Hill
  • Walden Pond
Commonly Seen Birds Significant species sightings for 2010 include: Barred Owl, Great Blue Herons, Indigo Buntings, Orioles, Blue Jays, Coopers Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-headed Woodpecker, Horned Lark, Whip-poor-will, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owls, American Kestrels, and many others.

Wildlife Prairie Park is home to at least 12 of the Top 20 Common Birds in decline as listed by the Audubon Society in 2010. Also, a great place to watch as species such as the Sandhill Crane migrate over the Bison Pasture.

Specialties Preservation of Illinois Native Species, Hiking Trails, Conservation through Education, Special Events, and Outdoor Family Activities

Roaming Bison in large field at Wildlife Prairie State Park

This, somewhat tame, white-tailed deer fawn was by the hiking trails near its mother. 


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