A lot of people like to plan their trips around wildlife, whether it’s seeing the lions and elephants of Kenya or the sloths and monkeys in Costa Rica. But just because you don’t have the budget for an international vacation this Spring Break doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the world’s most fascinating wildlife.
Good Day Atlanta’s Spring Break Adventures week continued this morning with a trip to Locust Grove and Noah’s Ark, a non-profit organization that cares for and treats more than 1,500 animals. Noah’s Ark houses animals that come from zoos, the Department of Natural Resources, and even the general public, giving them a permanent home on the facility’s secluded 250 acres. Obviously, there are way too many animals to list here, but a few of the friends you might get to meet during a visit include Baloo the American black bear, Suki the Bengal tiger, and Miles the lemur.
Noah’s Ark was founded by Jama Hedgecloth, who started the organization in the late 1970s on a farm in North Henry Counter. When the family (including the humans and the animals) outgrew the farm, they moved to Locust Grove. Noah’s Ark welcomes thousands of visitors per year, and conducts educational outreach through the area.
So…you ready for a Spring Break adventure with the animals? Noah’s Ark is located at 712 L G Griffin Road in Locust Grove. Self-guided tours are available Tuesdays through Saturdays, from Noon to 3 p.m. Those self-guided tours are free of charge, always donations are encouraged as Noah’s Ark is a non-profit organization. Behind-the-scenes tours and other programs are also available – you can check those out online here.