Local park opens new animal exhibit just in time for spring

By Beau Ebenezer

April 5, 2014 Updated Apr 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill. -- Animals have woken up just in time for spring.

It was "Spring Wake-Up" day at the Wildlife Prairie Park.

It marks the park's first day of the summer season.

The bison were released into their summer pasture Saturday morning.

The park also opened a brand new Canadian Lynx exhibit.

"We have been sitting all winter long," said executive director of Wildlife Prairie Park, Doug Dillow. "It is time to get up, get out, and start walking around. You can take a look around, get some fresh air, and enjoy the animals. People can finally enjoy this special park."

Park management said Saturday was also their first official day as a non-for profit, locally owned park.

The final paper work was completed last week.

Before, Wildlife Prairie Park was operated by the state.