Wildwood Wildlife Park and Safari preps for May 1 opening, volunteers welcomeSubmitted: 04/19/2019
Story By Dakota Sherek

Wildwood Wildlife Park and Safari preps for May 1 opening, volunteers welcome
MINOCQUA - Spring cleaning takes on a whole other meaning when it comes to opening up a zoo. Every year Minocqua's Wildwood Wildlife Park and Safari employees and volunteers get to work making sure the park is ready for its animals and human visitors.

Days are spent raking, leaf blowing, and piling at the park each spring to get it ready for the public.

"Every inch of the park we rake," said Park Director Judy Domaszek.

Domaszek says it's no small task.

"Lots of totes, a lot of rakes and forks and we do pick up from the beginning of the zoo entrance all the way to the back," said Domaszek. 

Some people like Christopher, who also works at Wildwood, have volunteered for the park's spring-cleaning before.

"It's great, my friends are here, they go to the high school with me, and we all just come together and it's a really fun time," said Christopher. 

This year's cleanup weekend is a bit different. Because of all the snow, the raking weekend was delayed. Now that it's on Easter weekend, they only have Friday and Saturday to work.

"There's so much to do to get ready," said Domaszek. 
But Domaszek is confident all will be ready by opening day May 1 because of their enthusiastic volunteers and employees.

"[It] gives something back to the community to such a great place where people can have so much fun," said Christopher. 
"We are all excited, everybody's excited," said Domaszek. "You know at this time of the year animals as well as people have spring fever and they want to get out."

The raking and cleanup will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Lunch is provided to anyone who comes out to volunteer.

If you can't make it tomorrow but want to help, contact the Wildlife Park through its Facebook page or by calling 715-356-5588 to learn about other volunteer opportunities.

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