November 21, 2017 French Lick, Indiana – On Sunday November 19th Makia, Lou, and Lovie departed French Lick and Wilstem to head to their winter home in Florida.  While heading Eastbound on I-24 after descending Mt. Eagle between Nashville and Chattanooga TN, a malfunction on the semi-tractor caused a fire to ignite under the hood.  The owners immediately pulled off to the side of the road, came to a stop, and were assisted in attempting to put the fire out by a kind citizen.  Meanwhile they called 911 and immediately removed Makia, Lou, and Lovie as a precaution from their trailer and took them to safety.  Local emergency services arrived promptly.  They were able to extinguish the fire, save the elephant’s trailer, and aid in the safety of the owners and elephants during the situation.  The fire was contained to the cab of the semi-tractor.  The elephants were unharmed and able to be transported via their trailer by an independent semi-tractor to their winter home.

We want to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful emergency personnel that assisted with the situation.  Makia, Lou, and Lovie remained calm.  Their behavior, as witnessed by the personnel, speaks volumes to the love and care they receive on a daily basis since orphaned and rescued by their owners.  Wilstem is grateful that no one was injured!  Makia, Lou, and Lovie are now at their winter home grazing!  Thank you for all the concern, thoughts, and prayers we have received.  It’s quite obvious that these girls have touched thousands of hearts.  Rest assured that their safety is our top priority!  We already miss them and look forward to their return to Wilstem in March!

Audrey Brames
Wilstem Communications


Click TABS AT TOP OF PAGE (HOME, ELEPHANT ENCOUNTER, GIRAFFE/KANGAROO ENCOUNTER, etc.) for additional information, times, pricing and reservations.  Please refer to the availability calendar (click BOOK NOW button) of each activity or encounter for dates and times.  Dates and times may vary depending on season.

NEW for Fall/Winter 2017-18:  The Kangaroos!!

What is better than visiting our giraffes this fall/winter season?  Visiting the giraffes AND KANGAROOS!  Starting December 1, guests can attend our new combo adventure with the giraffes and kangaroos!  Both encounters take place in indoor heated facilities, so weather will not be a problem!  Here’s the details:

Price:  $18.00 per person (2 and under are free) — All tickets are subject to a $2.00 processing fee

Dates and Times:

December 1-14:  Friday @ 2:00, Saturday/Sunday @ 11:00 AND 2:00

December 15-31 Monday-Thursday @ 11:00, Friday-Sunday @ 11:00 AND 2:00

January 2 – February 25Friday @ 2:00, Saturday @ 11:00 AND 2:00, Sunday @ 11:00

If you would like a more hands-on experience, we also offer a Private Encounter with the giraffes and kangaroos!  For more information, visit the Giraffe/Kangaroo Encounter tab!

*President’s Day weekend and MLK Day weekend we will have a 2:00 encounter on Sunday

**Closed on Christmas Day

Gift Certificates and Gift Cards AVAILABLE NOW!!

Wilstem is happy to offer Gift Certificates for the Elephant Spa or Gift Cards with a value of your choosing, both of which are perfect for the holiday season!  Elephant Spa Gift Certificates make a great stocking stuffer, and Gift Cards are wonderful for year-round use towards lodging, activities, and the animal encounters!  If you would like to purchase either, please visit the GIFTS tab at the top of the page, and fill out the needed information!  We hope to see you soon here at Wilstem!!

2018 Elephant Encounter tickets are now on sale!!!

Opening day for 2018 will be March 10, so grab them while you can!!  We also offer Gift Certificates for those who wish to buy tickets but set the date at a later time!  Elephant Encounter tickets or Gift Certificates make great stocking stuffers this Christmas!!  Visit the Elephant Encounter tab for booking information, or the Gifts tab for Gift Cards and Certificates!

Don’t forget to come and enjoy the never-ending Summer fun at Big Splash Adventure!!  By staying at Wilstem, you can receive discount passes to our sister property, Big Splash Adventure!!  Get the best of both worlds by having a relaxing night in one of our cabins AND splashing around in the 40,000 square foot indoor waterpark!

Get Your Slopeside Winter Lodging NOW!

As the winter ski season edges closer, it’s a great idea to get your winter lodging at Trailview Ski Lodge!  It’s the perfect way to stay at enjoy the slopes of Paoli Peaks!  At Trailview Ski Lodge, we offer housing ranging from a small family, all the way up to dormitory style housing for a group of 52!  Staying at Trailview will allow you to walk out the back door directly onto the slopes!  For more information, please visit www.trailviewlodge.com, or call (812) 936-4484 for booking information!

Wilstem is conveniently located halfway between French Lick and Paoli, IN – Contact us today!

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