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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  • Great helpful staff. Snack bar served fantastic chili hot dogs. The animals were easily seen and appeared to be well cared for. Only drawback was the fences wouldnt allow for good photos. Good scenery...  more »
  • I have visited this place for decades and it is improved so much over the years. The animal exhibits are big and you can see animals fairly good depending on time of day. There is a lot of walking and...  more »
  • Free before April 1st. Some animals were in for the winter, but you were able to get very close to others!
  • I have visited several times over the past few years and it is always an exciting trip. There is a small cash fee; that is reasonable. This is a great way to get to know your animal neighbors in a controlled environment. The path is stroller and motorized wheelchair friendly so the whole family can enjoy. If you are driving from out of town bring a lunch and enjoy the picnic area in the shade, then walk down to see the elk. The restrooms are always clean and the staff is helpful and friendly.

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