We visited this rescue today for the first time. My 4-year-old son has been asking lots of questions about big cats, but we do not feel comfortable supporting big zoos and feel strongly about animals remaining in their natural habitat unless human intervention is necessary. We researched a few rescues around the Atlanta area and were pleased to find this one with so many large animals.
We were a little disappointed in the cats' enclosures, as they didn't seem to have a lot of space. But we did not see any of them nervously pacing, which is what we ALWAYS found at mainstream zoos. I certainly did not leave feeling sorry for them, which we have, unfortunately, experienced at other zoos.
The pathways were easy to walk, but the stroller was a little difficult to push. Many walkways are in bright sun, so wear sunscreen on a sunny day! There were plenty of shady spots, however, to have a picnic or just cool off.
We paid extra for the animal encounter ($100 for the whole family), which included a visit with a ball python, a bearded dragon, a chinchilla, the Savannnah Cat, and a baby alligator. The animals in the encounter can vary so you don't know what to expect. Because this was a special trip for my son's birthday, we didn't mind paying the extra. I think he learned a lot and enjoyed touching the animals. My husband and I certainly enjoyed holding them!
We got to see some of every type of animal that we expected. The zebra were not out much, and the exotic birds were housed for the winter. He turkeys were more fun than we expected, following us (from inside the fence, of course) and cacalling quite loudly! We happened to be around when the monkeys were fed and enjoyed watching the fallow deer greedily follow the caregiver around! We did me lap around the park, played on the playground, did the animal encounter, had a picnic lunch, and then did another abreviated lap (and saw new things this time!) in about 3 1/2 hours. The weather was perfect. The park was not crowded (Monday). It was a perfect day for us. If you are expecting something comparable to a big-city zoo, you'll be disappointed. If you are just looking for a simple way to see wild animals that are obviously well-cared for and content, you'll love it!
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