Land that was once used for mining has been converted into a 10,000 acre sanctuary for some of the world's endangered animals
, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This wildlife preserve called The Wilds is located in Cumberland, Ohio, on land that was previously used for strip mining. The property was donated in 1986 by American Electric Power Company and then went through years of planning and conversion. The park has been open since the mid-1990s but has seen great expansion since then.
Today, The Wilds is home to some of the world's most endangered species including, Przewalski's wild horses, Pere David's deer (which are extinct in the wild), Grevy's zebras, Persian onagers, greater one-horned rhinos and Bactrian camels.
"I'd never seen anything quite like The Wilds," director of animal management, Dan Beetem, told the news provider. "I told my wife she had to see it to really comprehend its scope."
The Wilds has been leading the way in animal conservation for the last 20 years and educating the public about nature conservation and the impact people have on the environment. Visiting The Wilds is a chance to view animals you may have never seen before, and it also offers the opportunity to learn about the environment and lend a helping hand to the cause of animal conservation.