North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On November - 20 - 2017 0 Comment

Are you a wildlife lover? While you may not think of North Georgia as a place to see wildlife outside of Zoo Atlanta, especially exotic wildlife, you can find a variety of wildlife attractions. There are places where you view various animals in their natural habitat as well as rehabilitation areas where more exotic animals are nursed back to health. While not an all-inclusive list, below are a few of the places where you can visit.

Red Top Mountain State Park
Known for its camping and fishing, Red Top Mountain State Park in Bartow County a little-known opportunity. The park is known for its robust deer population. Protected from hunting, the deer move throughout the park freely, and most of them are used to the cars and people. You can find a unique chance to get close to this type of wildlife. If you’re not much of a camper, you can also stay at one of the many North Georgia lodges nearby if you’re looking to visit the park.

The Wildlife Sanctuary
At The Wildlife Sanctuary in Ellijay, Ga., you will find one the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities in the state. The center helps native and non-native animals such as cougars, bobcat, panthers, black bears, squirrels, deer, reptiles, and birds of prey. While you can not drive up and visit, you can schedule a tour a day in advance or reserve a campsite.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a local farm and education center that cares for over 100 animals. The preserve features chimpanzees, lions, emus, macaws, and leopards among other animals. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a small fee.

North Georgia Zoo & Farm
The North Georgia Zoo & Farm, in Cleveland, GA, gives kids a chance to get up and close with a variety of animals. The park, which also includes a petting zoo, gives visitors a chance to see wolves, monkeys, cougars, kangaroos and other exotic creatures. For the daring, kids can pet wolf-pups and kangaroos.

The Yellow River Game Ranch
The Yellow River Game Ranch offers all ages the chance to get up close to dozens of exotic wild animals. Not only can you watch ducks and bunnies, but you also get to view buffalo and black bears. Only open on weekdays, the facility charges a small admission fee, and it is located near Stone Mountain Park.

The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center
The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center in Rome, GA, allows you to learn about local aquatic life. The tanks contain native fish and reptiles.


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