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The Wilds opens Nomad Ridge, luxury yurt village

Jul. 02, 2009 @ 03:49 PM

CUMBERLAND, Ohio —  Nomad Ridge at the Wilds, a luxury tented-camp experience, opened to the public Wednesday. Nomad Ridge offers visitors an immersive experience at the Wilds, helping to achieve part of the Wilds’ mission by advancing conservation through visitor experiences.

Nomad Ridge is comprised of 11 yurts situated atop a ridge near the Wilds’ visitor center area. A yurt is a nomadic-style structure made of canvas stretched over a wooden frame. The luxury yurts at Nomad Ridge are built on platforms and feature bamboo flooring, screened windows, solid wood doors, a private bathroom with shower, and Asian-inspired décor.

 Three woodland yurts and one grand yurt are open to guests for the 2009 season. A Wilds staff person will stay overnight in the concierge yurt to assist visitors with their stay. The remaining six woodland yurts will be open in 2010.

Nomad Ridge overlooks the Wilds’ open-range animal areas, allowing guests to observe species like greater one-horned rhinos and Sichuan takin, along with views of several lakes and miles of rolling landscape.

 “We are proud to have developed this unique overnight experience that will allow visitors a full opportunity to appreciate the Wilds on a deeper level,” said Dr. Evan Blumer, Executive Director of the Wilds.

 The yurts at Nomad Ridge feature well-appointed interior design and each has its own private deck with outdoor seating. A large community observation deck with a fire ring is open to all guests. One yurt is ADA accessible. Yurts have either one queen bed, two double beds, or one king bed.

 Each yurt is designed to accommodate two people. The overnight package includes dinner and breakfast for two, choice of day tours (Safari Transport Pass or Open-Air Safari) for two people, and staff concierge assistance for planning additional activities at the Wilds.

 Specialty tours like The Wilds Side Tour or Sunset Safaris may be added to the overnight package for additional fees and based on availability.

Because of the private getaway nature of this experience, guests at Nomad Ridge at the Wilds must be age 21 or older. For adults with children, Family Camp Weekends are available on select weekends throughout the season. Family Camp Weekends allow visitors to stay in rustic yurts at the Wilds’ Conservation Education Camp and include experiential programs designed to meet the interests of children and adults of all ages.

 Nomad Ridge at the Wilds is open daily May through October.

 Advance reservations are required for Nomad Ridge at the Wilds and Family Camp Weekends. For information and pricing, contact the Wilds lodging coordinator at 740-638-5030 x2001 or visit www.thewilds.org.

 The Wilds, located on nearly 10,000 acres in Southeast Ohio, is one the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Safari tours are available to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day June through August, and weekends in May, September and October.

The mission of the Wilds, a nonprofit organization, is to advance conservation through science, education, and personal experience. For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.