Looking for a family friendly way to spend the day? Consider visiting Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia. Located in Locust Grove, just south of Atlanta, Noah’s Ark is a nonprofit organization that treats and cares for more than 1,000 animals including exotic, wildlife and domestic animals.
Reasons to Spend the Day at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia
- Allows you to see some amazing and beautiful animals.
- It’s free (although donations help them feed and care for the animals).
- It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch before heading into the habitat (picnic tables are available).
- Paved path through the animal habitat (good for strollers and wheelchairs).
- Has a nice playground for the kids.
- The Welcome Center has restrooms, a tiny gift shop (or window to be precise) and a 21 feet long python (we’ll talk more about Grandma later in the post).
- You’ll want to see Leo the lion, Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear (they actually live together as a family).
Let’s Meet Some of the Animals
Leo the lion was discovered in a drug dealer’s basement in Atlanta, Georgia as a cub. Leo, who now weighs 550 pounds, was confiscated along with a tiger and bear cub and placed at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary back in 2001. Twelve years later, Leo the lion, Baloo the bear and Shere Kahn the tiger still live together in harmony. How sweet is that?
Grandma the reticulated python. When you walk into the Welcome Center, you can’t help but notice the enormous snake who resides at Noah’s Ark. I asked the staff about this snake and they told me her name is Grandma. Grandma is over 21 feet long and weighs 210 pounds. She was donated to the animal sanctuary by a zoo like facility who could no longer deal with her. She is a lot of snake to deal with! I am told that despite her size, Grandma usually has a fairly nice attitude except for during feeding times when she consumes 3-4 large (15 lb) rabbits (that are humanely euthanized by a company that sells meat rabbits which are then frozen and thawed out for Grandma).
Barney the African spur tortoise. Barney and his family of 18 African spur tortoises enjoy the simple life at Noah’s Ark. They eat their veggies and spend their day in an unrushed fashion. It sounds like a good life to me!
Lightning the Grey Wolf. Lightning is one of my favorite animals at Noah’s Ark. She is the only female in Noah’s Ark’s pack of wolves and she is gorgeous (sorry I couldn’t get a good picture of her through the cage). As a pup, she was confiscated from the Atlanta Airport because her owner didn’t have the required license to be keeping wolves, let alone ship them to other people as pets.
More Interesting Facts About Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
Noah’s Ark relies 100 percent on the generous financial and volunteer support of the community.
It costs $33,000 per month to feed, treat and care for the animals.
More than 100,000 people visit Noah’s Ark and participate in educational programs each year.
Hours of Operation
The Animal Habitat is open Tuesday- Saturday 12-3pm EST (weather permitting- call ahead to make sure the habitat is open).
The Welcome Center and Picnic Area is open Tuesday- Friday 9am- 4pm EST.
Adventure Safari Camp
Periodically, Noah’s Ark offers Adventure Safari Camp. Adults and their children enjoy camping on the premises, having close encounters with reptiles and monkeys, going on a “flashlight safari” and enjoying hot dogs and marshmallows around a bonfire. Yep, it’s camping. Count us in! Visit their website for upcoming dates here.
Arrive at the facility around 11:30am and enjoy a picnic lunch (brought from your home) before the gates open to the habitat. Enjoy a stroll through the habitat with your children. Benches are located throughout this area as well. After you exit the habitat, don’t forget to visit the alligator area. Just beyond the alligators you will see a nice size playground area. A perfect end to a perfect day.
As you can tell, we love Noah’s Ark. It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Oops! I forgot to tell you about the monkeys! We’ll save that for another blog post.
I’ll see ya around the campfire.
Have you visited Noah’s Ark? What did you enjoy the most?
For more information about Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, visit their website here.
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