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About Us

Our Story

The Aikman family would like to welcome you to explore the newest tourist attraction in central Illinois—Aikman Wildlife Adventure.


Located between Arthur and Arcola, less than 6 miles west from Interstate 57 exit 203, this is a wildlife drive-through park where you can get up close and personal with animals you’ve only seen behind fencing at a zoo or on television. You’ll have the opportunity to see and take pictures of animals right out of your vehicle while you drive the 1-mile long path through our Drive-thru.


Once you have driven through the Drive-thru, you can experience our Walk-thru Adventure, where you’ll see kangaroos, hyenas, wolf-hybrids, lemurs and much more including our large Petting Zoo area.


On October 22, 2013 James had a dream of him and his wife, Kelsey, owning and operating a wildlife park. He told her about it and she said their son was going to be born in 2 weeks and they had plenty on their plate. He agreed completely, but the next night he had the exact same dream. He told her he didn’t know why, but felt like this was something God was wanting them to do. She said that if it was really from God then he would find a way to make it happen. From that point on, thoughts, ideas, plans, layouts and numbers flooded his mind—so much so that some nights he could hardly sleep—he just felt he had to get everything out of his head and on to the computer.


He began talking with other drive-through parks and zoos for budgets and costs as well as visiting with veterinarians, carpenters and other suppliers to get accurate quotes. He also began looking at the possible annual attendance and income numbers.


From there, God began opening door after door and more opportunities and business sponsorships began forming. The family purchased the former Rockome Gardens on September 1, 2015 and have been working non-stop ever since. That is the story of how Aikman Wildlife Adventure began, and we look forward to what the future will bring!

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality of life possible to all wildlife in need, while maintaining a family friendly environment through interaction, education, conservation and by creating an experience of a lifetime.



James Aikman


Kelsey Aikman

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Aikman

Executive Vice President

Kortnee Aikman

Operations Consultant

Robert Aikman

Vice President of Operations & Operates Reclaimed Food & Spirits

Ericka Aikman

Operates Reclaimed Food & Spirits

Daniel Gingerich

Vice President of Park Management
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Stacey Bryson

Animal Manager
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Brittany Gronau

Animal Associate

Emily Swearingen

General Manager

Kyle Gingerich

Animal Associate
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Katie Hoene

Business Development Manager