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Welcome to the Jungle!

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's commitment to the care and welfare of our Wildlife Academy is a top priority. The Resort and its' programs are in compliance with USDA Guidelines. With the assistance of Dr. Jonathan Bergmann, DVM and his skilled experience with exotic animals, along with our trained and caring zookeeper associates, Nemacolin believes in providing loving and knowledgeable care to our animals.

"One thing is certain, at Nemacolin, we have a passion for providing exceptional experiences. My father began the Wildlife Academy years ago with the inspiration to share his love for animals with others. His passion and commitment to their habitat and well-being are part of the mission we still carry out today. With many of the animals on our property being rescued by my father from failing zoos, he believed making them part of our family would leave lasting impressions on our guests, provide an educational experience and foster the belief in conservation."

- Maggie Hardy, President & Owner of Nemacolin


 The Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort was established in 2006, bringing together animals from all corners of the world. Our mission is dedicated to providing interactive entertainment and live animal programs with an emphasis on education and experience. It is also all animal, all the time! 


Visit the Wildlife Habitats which feature Billy Goat Mountain, red sheep, buffalo, tigers, lions, wolves and more! Don't miss the Panorama Pavilion, which is home to smaller exotic and domestic animals such as a kinkajou, fennec foxes, a two toed sloth, rabbits and reptiles, just to name a few! 


Backwoods Trail Ride

Tour the scenic beauty of the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands the way the first settlers did... on horseback. Backwoods Trail Rides begin at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure, home to the Equestrian Center. Your guide will lead you throughout two-miles of wooded trails. It's fun for the whole family.

Location: Check-in at the Woodlands Animal Care Center
Rate:  $95 Per Person
Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday & Friday - Sunday: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Important Details: 24-Hour Advanced Reservations required. All riders must be 55'' or taller and wear appropriate footwear (recommend boots or tennis shoes, no open toe shoes). Trips will run in rain unless there is thunder and / or lightning. Please arrive at least 20-minutes prior to your scheduled ride. Ride lasts approximately 45-minutes. Maximum weight for rider is 250 lbs. Ask a Wildlife Academy Associate for details.

 

Wild Expedition

Enjoy this family-friendly 45-minute tour of the Wildlife Habitats! Learn about the different animals who call Nemacolin home and what makes them unique. This expedition is perfect for the whole family!

Location: Check-in at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure
Rate:  Adults: $50 / Children 2-12: $25 / Children 2 and Under: Complimentary
Hours:  Daily: 9 am and 1 pm

Important Details: Reservations required. Weather permitting. The safari cart is open-air and the tour features our outdoor exhibits, containing a great deal of walking. Please wear weather-appropriate attire and proper footwear (recommend boots or tennis shoes, no open toe shoes). Maximum 7 riders per trip in the winter and 14 riders per trip in the summer.


Safari Tour

Hop aboard our safari cart and experience a behind the scenes, interactive look at some of our exotic animals. Get up close and personal as you begin the tour at Billy Goat Mountain where you will feed and pet various breeds of sheep, cows and goats. Marvel at the wolves, tigers, lions, and buffalo as you feed them their favorite treats. This interactive tour lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours. 

Location: Check-in at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure
Rate:  Adults: $125 / Children 2-12: $65 / Children 2 and Under: Complimentary
Hours:  Daily: 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm

Important Details: Reservations required. Weather permitting. The safari cart is open-air and the tour features our outdoor exhibits, containing a great deal of walking. Please wear weather-appropriate attire and proper footwear (recommend boots or tennis shoes, no open toe shoes). Maximum 7 riders per trip in the winter and 14 riders per trip in the summer.

 

Pony Rides

Pony rides for little ones are a Nemacolin Wildlife Adventure favorite and are under the close supervision of our trained associates. Rides are available by appointment only.

Location: Check-in at the Woodlands Animal Care Center
Rate:  $10 Per Person
Hours: Daily every 5 minutes: 10 - 10:55 am & 2 - 2:55 pm

Important Details: Reservations required. Rides depart every 5 minutes. Riders must be able to hold onto horse by themselves. Adults are not allowed to walk beside and hold onto children. Must wear proper footwear. 


Wildlife Habitats

Wild animals are literally around every corner of the 2,000 acres that make up Nemacolin. Hop in your car, on a bike or walk the trails and visit with animals such as Anna the Buffalo, Keira the Bengal tiger or Beau, our mountain lion. You'll be surprised, we promise. 

Location: See Property Map.
Rates:  Free for overnight guests
Hours:  9 am - 5 pm


The Hours of Operation above reflect the current operating hours and are weather permitting. 24-Hour Advanced Reservations are strongly recommended for many of our activities. Please be aware that the prices below do not include taxes. Contact a Resort Reservations Specialist at 866.289.2192.

 

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