If you live in Georgia, I recommend you take a drive to the town of Locust Grove and visit Noah’s Ark. We’ve been there twice, but the first time we went, it was flooded, so we were only able to walk around the perimeter, although we had fun doing that too. This last time, we made sure it was open by calling first. My photos in this post are from both times we went. 🙂
Noah’s Ark is an animal sanctuary. The animals here were rescued from less-than-ideal captive situations, and none of them are capable of being released back into the wild. Some were injured. Some have come from zoos that were failing. Some were illegal and/or surrendered pets. Some have been retired from science laboratories. According to their website, they have over 1,500 exotic, wildlife and domestic animals and over 100 species of animals!
There were quite a few tigers at Noah’s Ark as well as bears and parrots and primates. You can see photos of all their animals here. I especially loved the peacocks who roam freely around the property, which is why I have too many peacock photos in this post. 🙂
What I loved about Noah’s Ark is that the habitats are quite large, and most of them are under a canopy of hardwoods. We couldn’t see some of the animals who were probably sleeping somewhere in the tall grass, but I was okay with that. It was good to see that they had a nice space to roam.
The admission to Noah’s Ark is free, so everyone can go and enjoy the animals. However, they operate solely on donations, and it’s quite expensive to feed all those animals, so you may want to consider donating, if you can. They have limited hours so that the animals can have plenty of quiet, which I like too. The Habitat is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-3p.m. But you can visit the playground and visitor’s center (and walk around the perimeter) Tuesday-Saturday from 9-4p.m.