Just a short drive from Atlanta is an amazing animal refuge – where not only can you see the animals, but pet them and feed them. The facility also features a walk-through area with exotic cats, a snake house and a peacock strutting around.

Wild Animal Safari was developed by Ron Snider, a world-renowned big game hunter. His concept was to create a place where the public could get up close and personal with the types of animals you generally never get to experience.

This large goal was started by the creation of the Turkey Creek Hunting Club in 1988, which led to the eventual purchase of enough land to create a safari-like experience. In 1990 Mr. Snider reached out to expert consultants, outfitters and hunters. With their input they designed the layout of the park and decided which animals would be best suited for the venture.

One of the goals in the creation of Wild Animal Safari was to have an attraction that was reasonably priced, allowing the proper care of the animals and grounds but also staying affordable to young families. Snider was especially interested in reaching 3- to 12-year-olds to help them gain a lifelong love of animals and nature.

A success from the very first year, the wild animal attraction experienced steady growth year after year. Parks! America bought the business on June 15, 2005. Since assuming ownership, we've upgraded the grounds, acquired new animals and worked to enhance our guests' experience!

You can learn more and check their prices and hours at http://www.animalsafari.com/Georgia/

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