In Memory of Sariah

Community, Fast & Furriest
North Georgia Wildlife Park is heartbroken to announce the passing of Sariah, our beloved Mountain Lion. We were blessed to care for Sariah the last 20 years and are so grateful for all the joy she brought into everyone’s lives. She was not only an amazing ambassador for her species, but her personality touched the hearts of everyone she met.
Sariah’s legacy will live on at the park and in everyone she has encountered here.
If you would like to read more about her life, how her legacy will live on, and the ways you can support us during this time, please visit our website, and consider donating to Sariah’s Memorial Fund to help us continue our conservation efforts for this wonderful species.
We sincerely thank everyone for your support during this time.

North Georgia Wildlife Park Nativity Play Canceled This Year

Announcements, Community
As COVID cases continue to rise in our area, the have decided to cancel our annual Live Nativity Play this year. The play involves the children of zoo employees, and we want them to be safe, as well as the people who would attend. The area where the play is held is not conducive to social distancing, so in an abundance of caution we have decided to forgo this part of our Christmas Celebration this year.
The nativity scene itself will be available to view and photograph for our guests who are visiting the park. Other activities, such as our regularly scheduled activities, Santa and the Starry Night tour will be held as planned, as they are much easier to maintain social distancing.
Thank you for your understanding. Merry Christmas!
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Kids Animal Academy At North Georgia Wildlife Park

Announcements, Community, Education
North Georgia Kids Animal Academy

North Georgia Wildlife Park is excited to announce the launch of Kids Animal Academy! This class will meet at the Wildlife Park on Thursdays, beginning October 8th. Kids in 1st-5th grades are invited, although if enough younger or older kids are interested, the park may open other classes. The class will be limited to 10 participants.

Kids will learn about a variety of animals, with a different animal(s) featured each week. This will be very hands-on for the participants and will include a wide assortment of both native and exotic animals. They will also learn valuable lessons about the importance of conservation issues. These classes will be led by professional animal educators from the Wildlife Park.

Kids can sign up for one-hour or two-hour classes. One-hour classes will meet 4:00pm-5:00pm or 5:00pm-6:00pm. Two-hour classes will meet 4:00pm-6:00pm. The topic will be same both hours, but the content will be different each hour. (The 4:00 class will begin the weekly topic/animal, and the 5:00 class will continue with more about that topic/animal.) One-hour classes cost $120/month for four classes/month, and two-hour classes cost $160/month for four classes/month.

A great way to learn more about Kids Animal Academy is to attend our “Animal Academy Open House” on Thursday, October 1, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Academy staff will do a short “demo” of what classes will include, plus answer all of your questions. You can make reservations for the Open House at

Meet Nigel the Nyala



Introducing Nigel, the newest resident at the North Georgia Wildlife Park! Nigel is a “nyala”, a type of antelope from southern Africa. When full grown, Nigel may weigh as much as 300 pounds, and have beautiful spiral horns. But right now, he’s just a cute little baby with white stripes on his sides. He is as gentle as he is beautiful and is already used to people.

When Nigel was born, he had some difficulties. His mother rejected him, and he was not able to nurse. But Hope Bennett, co-owner of North Georgia Wildlife Park, loves a challenge. She brought Nigel to the Park and began to bottle feed him several times each day. It was not long before he began to perk up, and today is he a healthy young nyala.

You can meet Nigel on our Safari Drive Thru, or on our Sunset Safari Tour. Visit for more info and to make your reservations. North Georgia Wildlife Park is located at 2912 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland, GA.

Pavilion Rentals & New Exhibits coming to Safari Drive Thru


New-Pavilion Rental!

Looking to gather with your family but still needing to social distance? NGWP offers a great option! The pavilion is great for large gatherings, it is 30 by 60 ft which allows groups to gather while still being able to keep at distance. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of NGWP while you get some much needed fellowship.

Our Pavilion can be rented for $250 for up to 2 hours, $50 for each additional hour. Included with the rental fee is Safari Drive Thru passes for up to 20 people. For more info call 706-348-7279



When COVID-19 began to take hold in Georgia, like many businesses, the North Georgia Wildlife Park was forced to become creative. That’s when the Safari Drive Thru was born! This is an experience that allows families to enjoy dozens of animals while practicing social distancing from the safety of their own automobile.

The Drive Thru was an immediate success, and literally thousands of people have experienced it since it began.

Hope Bennett, (co-owner/co-director of the Park), however, is not one to rest on her past success. Hope explains, “It’s time for us to take the Safari Drive Thru to the next level. So, this fall we will be adding new animals, new interactive exhibits, and special drive thru experiences for Halloween and Christmas! Stay tuned because the best is yet to come!”


The North Georgia Wildlife Park is located at 2912 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland, GA. You can learn more about the park and all it offers at its website,

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