There is a large zoo in Downtown Atlanta, but what many people may now know is that there's also one in south Georgia that you can visit and explore as well. At this Georgia State Park, you can walk around the zoo and camp just down the road from it.
Chehaw Zoo is located in Chehaw State Park in Albany, Georgia. It has over 700 acres of land for the animals to live. The best part about this destination is that it is a conservation and preservation area so this zoo works to preserve animals that may be on the verge of extinction.
There are over 125 species that call Chehaw home. You will see animals like Black and White Ruffed lemurs, Black Rhinoceros’, Eastern Black and White Colobus monkeys, cheetahs and Plains zebras.
The zookeepers and animal staff work day in and out to make sure all of the animals at this conservation are staying safe and healthy. The zoo's website even offers Animal Presentations for all those who wish to learn more about the animals and Georgia's Performance Standards.
The Director of Community Engagement, Morgan Burnette, explains that the zookeepers are on site and on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, according to their website.
Not only are the zookeepers fully trained and equipped to protect the animals, but the zoo also has conservation programs to help the endangered species.
The staff educates the public on these animals by having education stations at the zoo. They also participate in breeding programs, contribute to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, International Rhino Foundation, Sustainable Seafood and Project Heloderma.
You must drive through the State Park to get to the zoo. To enter the state park, visitors must pay $3.50, and then $8.80 to enter the zoo. This brings your entire visit to a grand total of about $12.30.
Besides visiting the zoo, you are encouraged to take a walk around the park to see all it has to offer.
There are picnic tables where you can eat lunch, a BMX track if you have a dirt bike, a disc golf course, and nature trails. You have access to all of this with your park entrance ticket.
For all those who like to fish, the park has a pond that is filled with catfish. You do not have to pay extra to fish; it is included in your daily park fee as well.
The park also has cabins, RV docks and places to camp. You can pitch a tent right down the road from the animals, but do not worry, they will reamain in their contained areas.
There are 18 tent sites total and are only $15 each per day.
Chehaw Park told Narcity that they have four cabins for rent. There are three small cabins that sleep up to three and run at $35 plus tax per night and one larger cabin that sleeps five for $75 plus tax per night.
Take a trip to South Georgia to enjoy this State Park and zoo, all in one. If you want to make a trip out of it, you should look into spending a night or two there.
Chehaw State Park & Zoo
Address: 105 Chehaw Park Rd. Albany, GA 31707
Why you should go: This zoo is a conservation and preservation center for endangered animals and many different species. You can also camp at this park and be right down the road from the zoo.
We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.