Wakamow Valley – Wild Animal Park

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Landscapes, Nature, Urban Decay

The former wild animal park is located in Wakamow Valley on the outskirts of Moose Jaw. The park opened in 1929. Native and non-native animals were imported and displayed in the park, including bison, bears, wolves and a variety of North American fowl. As time went on, more exotic animals were purchased, such as lions. As a child, I remember the monkeys with rainbow backsides.

Over the years, the park was owned and operated by several groups. However, due to the inability to procure liability insurance, the new owners had to close the park to the public in 1995.

Now all that remains are the paved road ways and a couple of outbuildings. Slowly, but surely nature is taking over and reclaiming the land.

I found a display of images taken from the early years of the park. Click on the following link to view them: http://www.moosejawrealestate.net/about/history/moose-jaw-wild-animal-park

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Entranced by rural and urban decay. I am drawn to these forlorn sites because they emote conflicting sentiments of beauty and disintegration.

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