West Virginia State Wildlife Center, French Creek

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a zoological park in French Creek, West Virginia. Operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center displays many of West Virginia's wildlife, including both native and introduced species. A few of the animals at the Wildlife Center were once found naturally in West Virginia, but were extirpated by the early 1900s (decade).
The Wildlife Center comprises and displays 29 different species of West Virginia mammals, birds, and reptiles, which are located along a 1.25mitrail through a mature hardwood forest. The animal exhibits are spacious chain-link enclosures within an actual West Virginian forest, which allows the animals to interact with the environment and behave in more natural ways than one would see in most other zoos that attempt to recreate the environment. The Wildlife Center receives about 50,000 visitors per year.
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  • I love coming here and seeing all of the animals. Even though I’ve lived in West Virginia my whole life, there are a few animals I’ve never seen or rarely get to see. I’ve had an awesome time every...  more »
  • Excellent layout to walk through and view animals in their natural setting. It was well over 90 degrees, but the trail was mostly in the woods. Very nice gift shop with super nice staff. Highly...  more »
  • We had family in from out of town and brought them here to help the kids unwind. I love that they have put weather sheds throughout the trail. They are actually fairly large and easily accessible via a wheelchair. Most of the animals were just lounging but that is expected. There was one vacant habitat but that didn't seem to bother anyone. Considering the price to get in this is an amazing little gem and I am glad our community keeps it going.
  • It seems like there are not as many animals as there used to be. Some of the cages were empty or "vacant" as well. Its not that expensive, but would be better with more animals to see. A lot of the animals were laying down or hiding, it would also be nice if their cages or " living areas" were a little bigger. Overall it was a decent walk, some of it uphill, and we had fun with the kids. A nice family place and good exercise, but it could be better.

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