Aikman Wildlife Adventure
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Zebras in the midwest??!! YES!! Aikman Wildlife Adventure is a wildlife sanctuary located in Arcola, Illinois. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of life possible to all wildlife in need, while maintaining a family friendly environment through interaction, education, conservation and by creating an experience of a lifetime for all our guests. Come out to enjoy 200+ animals and 75 different species! Drive through our park in your own vehicle to see all of our bigger animals, then take a stroll in our Walk-Thru to visit our small animals, predators, and petting zoo. If you love animals and are ready for an adventure of a lifetime, come out and see for yourself why our place is so unique and special! Hours vary depending on weather.
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Danielle P
1 contribution
Oct 2021
My son and his grandpa are obsessed with animals and their birthdays are 2 days (and a few years ) apart, so we drove 3 hours each way to take them to this very special place last weekend. We did the behind the scenes adventure and it was awesome! We were introduced to all the animals by their cute names and learned a lot about each. My son and his little brother (age 7 & 3) loved feeding the animals on the safari and at the petting zoo. The grownups also loved learning all about the history of the place from one of the owners and our guide, James. Such a great story! It was well worth the drive and price, and I very highly recommend it! My son was jumping up and down!
Written October 19, 2021
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We are happy that you and your family were able to come here and have an amazing time! James loves to give each family a unique experience and hopefully you will come see us again next spring!
Written November 29, 2021
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Heidi-ready-2-travel
Crystal Lake, IL2,093 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We did both the walk thru experience as well as the Safari drive thru. Spent about two hours.

The walk thru has both nicely paved as well as "rustic" paths. If it is rainy, wear boots.

Great variety of animals in the walk thru and it looks like they are continuing to build. For $1, I purchased a cup of food to hard feed goats, sheep, small cow or bull like animals.

The drive thru has a wide variety of herbaviours. Animals get to roam where they please. Interesting experience having camels, water buffalo, or elk walk right past your car window.

Definitely worth visiting again.
Written August 3, 2020
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Filly C
1 contribution
Jun 2022
I cannot say enough about this experience. The staff are always smiling and willing to help you. The entire facility is well thought out, easy to navigate and very clean. We purchased the behind the scenes tour and it was perfect! Our tour guide was awesome! I went with my partner and 3 teens. As we know, teens are not easily amused and are not easily phased. However, they were in awe from minute one and have described the experience as the best or one of the best experiences of their life. My partner was also very happy with their experience as well as the prices of the items and tour in general. Cannot say enough about this place and our experience. GET THE BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR!
Written June 6, 2022
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Elizabeth S
Russellville2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This was a disappointment for us after driving 4 hours to get here we were informed you cannot feed the animals when you drive through on your own or even have your windows down , that you need to purchase a special package for that and even then you can not feed the animals, the walk through area was nice but just felt that it was small compared to what we have at home for the same price. When looking online it seemed to be so much better than the reality . We wouldn’t recommend u less you live in the area , but don’t make a long drive for it .
Written August 19, 2022
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Sorry for your experience! We have the windows up rule to protect our animals and our visitors. If you can email marketing@aikmanwildlife.com, we can make this right and make sure you get the chance to feed our animals!
Written September 6, 2022
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Dacholmes
5 contributions
Sep 2022
My family and I visited on 9/10. It was so very sad for us as we love to visit zoos and wildlife habitats. For our $25 for the drivethrough only experience we saw a lot of sick and sad animals. One that looked like it was dying right alongside the road. The camel was so very sad, The horses, ox and others had so many flies covering their faces and sores on their bodies. The only water available was a small pond that was an emerald green stagant color. We chose to forgo the walk thru as we were so upset by what we had already experienced. There were just a very few trees left around the pond area. Four or so large piles of dead trees were scattered about and the trees that were still standing were dead. We say absolutely zero food available in the feeding stalls and it was apparent from the ground that it had not taken place that day and we visited around 11:30. There was little grass so what are these poor animals to eat or drink. This place needs shut down and these animals need to be saved. My heart breaks for them.
Written September 11, 2022
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Lauren B
2 contributions
Jul 2021
We loved everything on the behind the scenes trip. From our tour guide to the ride. She knew everything about all the animals. She knew their names, how they enjoyed spending their days, even let us know why the rabbit was in time out. LOL. They were under construction in several areas but as we walked by those areas she explained their plans of what was happening so it made it kind of feel less like a construction zone and more like part of the tour. My favorite on the walking tour was the hybrid wolf dogs!! After our walk, we hopped in the ATV and drove around. They had buckets of food ready for us to feed all the animals. If there is someone who doesn't really want to touch the animals have them sit in the middle. Along the drive my favorite animals were the horses and zebras. This place was awesome. I cant wait to go back and see the place after the new construction is completed!!
Written August 4, 2021
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Katie D
6 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Awesome place! My friend and I were down south IL to pick up a baby goat for the children’s zoo we work at and she wanted to show me this facility! She used to intern here before Covid hit and it was really cool to see the place she talks about all the time! I love how they are growing and expanding constantly. The drive through was amazing and creative, and I liked all of the enclosures a lot. Great little place! 😊
Written May 2, 2021
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Desiree M
1 contribution
Jan 2021 • Family
We loved this place. It was extremely inexpensive. The diversity of animals was amazing. None of us had ever seen hyenas before. However feeding all the different animals at the petting zoo had to be our favorite. The drive through park was awesome too. Can't say enough good things about this place. We cant wait to go back in warmer months to take the behind the scenes tour.
Written January 4, 2021
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Josh S
Brookfield, IL18 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We took the VIP tour. Got a guided tour of
The walk thru area and feeding animals at petting zoo was included. Then took a buggy through the drive thru area while feeding the animals. Best experience!
Written September 6, 2020
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Ahlden2006
2 contributions
Aug 2020
We wanted to do something different with our grandsons, this definitely was! The boys had a great day. They liked being able to see the animals up close and was able to feed them in the petting zoo. The admission was very reasonable as well.
Written August 7, 2020
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