Friday, May 15, 2009

Wildlife Prairie Park

High: 59 °F
Low: 38 °F
Conditions: Showers likely.
Friends, last week the Adventures with Ari book tour took us to Peoria, IL. While there, we toured Wildlife Prairie Park, a really wonderful animal sanctuary that features indigenous prairie animals (including several extirpated or endangered) in spacious natural settings.

Here are just a few of the residents we observed while there.

Pretty great, huh? But here's the thing: one of Rod Blagojevich's last act as governor was to slash$828,200 from the park budget, leaving them unable to function as a refuge and education center.
We here at caninaturalist center feel strongly about the importance of places like Wildlife Prairie Park, and we hope you do too. Please consider supporting WPP, either by making a donation or sending a letter in support of the outstanding work that they do.


Dmitri said...

WHat a menagerie. I think I see Ari in there a couple times too--or maybe just not-so-distant cousins...

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


I see some furiends!

Tank woo fur sharing this one!


The OP Pack said...

That is a wonderful place - and some beautiful pics.

Woos, the OP Pack

Tracey and Huffle said...

There are some very big kitties at that park! I hope they can continue their good work.

Huffle Mawson

The Army of Four said...

What gorgeous photos from the park! I hope they're able to maintain, despite Blago's cutbacks!
Tail wags,

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a wonderful park. Mom said she has been to that city but never to the park.. Thanks for sharing..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Amber and Nala said...

cool creatures...were those elk in the first picture? I do hope you got to taste the wonderful treats they make Ari. ;) They are quite the delicacy. BOL! Also, hoping the refuge raises more money....that is sad. :(

TwoSpecialWires said...

Great photos! Great message! Great Prairie Park! Great work! Keep it up!

Jake and Thankfully Be-Nine Fergi :)

Lorenza said...

That sure is a wonderful place!
I hope they are able to mantain it!
Kisses and hugs

Kess And Her Mama said...

Awesome animals. Hope the sanctuary continues to run for the good of the wildlife.

Charity, Gary, Katie and Louie said...

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Love and Licks,
Katie and Louie the Newfs

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That sleeping cat looks a lot like Wilbur. Maybe we should send him to the Wildlife Sanctuary.


umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari :p
Wildlife Prairie Park is beautiful. Nature is rich.
Of course, the existence of various living things makes nature.
There is a crisis to lose the existence of the park that should be left for the reduction in the inside and the budget in an economic crisis, that is, next generations.
I want you to renew governor's idea as value to the future there.
There are a lot of acts thought that in an economic crisis and the distribution of the budget are wrong also in here and Japan.
A lot of value is brought, and I think that I lose the investment in nature and the culture of the investment in the future.

from loved ume tyan

Suzuki said...

Hi Ari!
I'm just stopping by to let you know that Scooby & Lady have set a date fur their wedding. Stop by my blog to see how to RSVP if you would like to attend.
Big licks to you

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You two are just having a ball with this book. Hope the sales are good.

Amici said...

Wow, that looks like a wonderful place. I am so glad you are able to tour for your book at such important wildlife places.

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