Zoos provide a rare glimpse into the home life of wild animals, from the family dynamic of wolf packs to the tense mood at dinner when a camel comes back from college with a hump piercing. Witness true dramas of the wild with today’s Groupon to the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a wildlife admission package for two (up to a $50 value).
- For $45, you get a wildlife admission package for four (up to a $100 value).<p>
The wildlife admission package includes access to: * Paradise Valley Farm petting zoo * Guided wildlife walks * A camel encounter and wagon ride<p>
- For $25, you get admission for two to the Holiday Celebration on November 25, 26, and 27 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (a $50 value).
- For $45, you get admission for four to the Holiday Celebration on November 25, 26, and 27 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (a $100 value).<p>
Admission to the Holiday Celebration includes: * Access to the petting zoo and working farm * Guided starlight tours at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. * Live nativity scene with animals * Hayrides * Marshmallow roast<p>
North Georgia Zoo’s 30-acre grounds teem with natural beauty and opportunities to see and interact with more than 200 species of animals. Lay hands on companionably furry friends in the Paradise Valley Farm petting zoo, where miniature breeds and rare livestock frolic. Petite potbelly pigs compete for attention with their bitter rivals, the kettle-belly pigs, while the seldom-seen miniature zebu cow wows onlookers with its diminutive 32-inch stature. After dispensing enough ear-scratching to satiate the farmland critters, wildlife-package holders can join a 40-minute guided tour led by an amicable animologist who tells tales of less domesticated species including alligators, kangaroo, and fennec foxes. Wagons trundle down wider pathways, visiting the home fields of larger quadrupeds, as visitors feed amicably tame camels or strike up conversations with aptly named yaks.
Or kick off holidays with a fur-infused celebration at the petting zoo on Thanksgiving weekend, which includes traipsing through the woods on a starlight tour while listening out for the nocturnal scrambling and boisterous sleep-walking of the animals. After the 45-minute jaunt, animal lovers can jump aboard a 30-minute hayride, which meanders past the camels, yaks, and sleepy pegasi before screeching to an awe-inspired halt before a live nativity scene. Belt Christmas carols as friends, loved ones, and cleverly disguised water buffalo roast marshmallows around a roaring bonfire.
North Georgia Zoo
The North Georgia Zoo's 30 acres have been home to some unlikely friendships. A prime example: three wolves, who grew up alongside a basset hound, now happily greet zoo visitors and even allow a few pats and scratches. These sort of animal encounters introduce zoo-goers to many exotic creatures, including camels, kangaroos, and snakes. The grounds even house the working Paradise Valley Farm, an area ripe for petting with potbelly pigs, miniature goats, and other livestock. And while not all of the zoo's 80 species are huggable, several programs let visitors peer into the habitats of everything from a white handed gibbon to a mountain lion or zebra.
Alligators, fennec foxes, lemurs, and other animals make appearances and refuse to sign autographs during guided tours, which travel by foot and wagon. For a more in-depth education, zookeepers offer a shadowing program, during which participants help feed, clean, and train various animals.