Maine Wildlife Park Set To Open Friday, April 20April 18, 2007 - TRCGRAY, Maine – The snow has washed away, the rain has stopped (at least for the moment), and the Maine Wildlife Park will open its doors for the season on Friday, April 20, just in time for what looks like a warm spring weekend.The Maine Wildlife Park is a 200-acre park and has over 25 different species of native Maine wildlife on exhibit. At the Maine Wildlife Park, you are guaranteed to see a moose; along with white-tailed deer, black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, coyotes, owls, native turtles, hawks and owls, trophy trout, and more. Many of the animals at the park live there because they were injured or orphaned; or because they are human dependent since they were raised (sometimes illegally) in captivity. The park serves as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. “The Maine Wildlife Park is a fantastic family destination,” said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “It is an ideal place to learn more about Maine’s wildlife.”There are nature trails and wildlife gardens to enjoy, interactive exhibits to view, a ‘snack shack’ selling ice cream, candy and snacks; a nature store, gift shop and more. The park-like setting, wildlife exhibits, and many flower gardens make this an inviting stop. The calendar of special wildlife events is full, starting Saturdays in May and running through Labor Day. Bring a picnic and spend the day, there are no reservations required. The Maine Wildlife Park is located on Route 26 in Gray, just 3.5 miles from Maine Turnpike Exit 63. The wildlife park will open for the season on April 20th and is then open daily through November 11th from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; visitors must leave the premises by 6:00pm. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $4.00 ages 4-12; $6.00 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.00 per person. Bring a picnic and spend the day. Now is the time to purchase your Family and Community Season Passes - so you can take full advantage of all of our summer wildlife programs and events.The Wildlife Park has a tremendous cadre of volunteers who staff the admissions gatehouse, plant, water and maintain our gardens, lead tours for school children, transport wildlife to licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and volunteer in the gift shop and snack shack. Call us to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the park. For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at 207-657-4977 and listen to the recorded messages; or check us out online at www.mainewildlifepark.com or www.mefishwildlife.com.Submitted by Mark Latti, DIFWNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.