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Maine Wildlife Park Named a 2009 Editors' Choice by Yankee Magazine

May 6, 2009

For more information, contact Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Sciences Educator Lisa Kane at 287-3303 or at Lisa.Kane@Maine.gov

For Immediate Release

Maine Wildlife Park Named a 2009 Editors’ Choice by Yankee Magazine

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Wildlife Park, owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has been recognized as a 2009 Editors’ Choice in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on sale from April 28 through the end of the August.

The Editors’ Choice recommendation designates Yankee editors’ and writers’ favorite restaurants, lodgings, attractions, and bargains across New England.

“Yankee’s editors and our trusted legion of travel writers select our Editors’ Choice winners,” says Yankee editor Mel Allen. “From their own experiences and tips from our readers, they research and find the most deserving establishments in New England. Recipients range from the rustic to the refined, but all are noteworthy and memorable destinations.”

Located just 3.5 miles off of Maine Turnpike Exit 63 on Route 26 in Gray, the Maine Wildlife Park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors must exit the park by 6 p.m. Here, you can view and photograph live moose, deer, bears, eagles, cougars, porcupines, coyotes, owls, turtles, trophy trout, and more – over 30 species of native wildlife. Enjoy nature trails, wildlife gardens, a snack shack, nature store, picnicking and more! Admission fees. www.mainewildlifepark.com

“We at the Maine Wildlife Park certainly appreciate the national recognition by Yankee Magazine,” said IF&W Natural Sciences Educator Lisa Kane, who supervises the Maine Wildlife Park. “We hope the designation of being the ‘Best Place to Meet the Natives’ will contribute to our already promising 2009 season.”

The magazine’s write-up is as follows:

Editors' Choice – Yankee Travel Guide (2009) Maine Wildlife Park - Best Place to Meet the Natives

This state-operated refuge and education facility houses wildlife that are either being rehabilitated or are unable to return to the wild, including deer, moose, black bear, and bald eagle are among the 25 or so species on view. Interactive displays and exhibits, special programs, and nature trails round out the offerings.

For 33 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference.

Yankee Magazine’s 2009 Travel Guide offers 270 reasons to see New England, including 254 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections where visitors can find the best foods and refreshments, lodging, attractions, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events around the region and includes food, home, and garden articles. Yankee tells readers who’s the Best Seafood Place with a Water View, Best Trendy Eatery, Best Down-Home B&B, Best Summer Theatre, and many more. And for those who think Yankee is wrong, the staff is running a “Best of New England — Readers’ Choice” survey at YankeeMagazine.com/readerschoice, with results to be published in Yankee’s January/February 2010 issue.

“Travel may never have been as important to our psyche as it is now; we may have lost money, but not curiosity,” says Yankee editor Mel Allen. “We still need the fun and adventure and stimulation that travel, more than anything else, gives us. And no place I know lets you see so much—from mountains and deep, clear lakes to storybook villages and world-class museums, all within a few hours of one another—as New England does.” The Maine Wildlife Park also will be recommended on YankeeMagazine.com. For more information visit: YankeeMagazine.com

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The national publication calls it a "Best Place to Meet Natives."