Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Illinois is not your average park. It is home to more than 150 animals native to Illinois, from bison to cougars, and several others in between.
In the 1960s, the founder of the park, William Rutherford, a member of the Forest Park Foundation, received news the Brookfield Zoo was searching for space to raise exotic, endangered animals. The Forest Park Foundation acquired almost 500 acres of land, and with Rutherford’s influence, partnered with the Brookfield Zoo. The land was to be used for environmental and conservation efforts, but after a change of management at the Zoo, plans for the land changed. Visitors can enjoy up-close views of beautiful native deer at the park.