Tours of our wildlife sanctuary must be scheduled in advance to see the resident animals. Please call 706-276-2980 at least one (1) day in advance of your planned arrival to confirm that a tour guide will be available. See each section below for tour rates.
A wildlife sanctuary isn't like a zoo where people freely wander around to look at the animals. Instead, it is a refuge for injured or orphaned animals to become well enough to be returned to the wild. Some of these animals easily lose their fear of humans when humans become part of their environment.
To ensure that wild animals remain wild, The Wildlife Sanctuary conducts controlled, guided tours of our permanent resident animals, which are educational representatives for their wild cousins. Our permanent residents could not be released, so rather than put them to death, we chose to raise them for the remainder of their natural lives. This is why your support is so important, because these animals need to be fed, their habitats cleaned, and their health maintained for years to come.
Private Tours are $50 for the first 5 people and $8 for each additional person. Private tours are conducted for our Members, Animal Sponsors, and Key Contributors by appointment. These tours are more in-depth than the Family Days tours conducted for the general public. Annual Private Tour Passes are fully transferable. Single-Use Tour Passes are provided on site to individuals who become Members or Animal Sponsors before beginning their pre-scheduled tour.
Family Days Sunday Tours
The second Sunday of each month, May, June, July, August and September are our Family Days. On these days, the general public may visit the sanctuary from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., purchase a tour pass, and even see a live animal amphitheater presentation. Again, these tours are guided at a cost of $8 per person. Free roaming around the sanctuary is not permitted.
School Field Trips
Many schools in both Georgia and Tennessee schedule field trips to the sanctuary. School children go on guided tours and see a live animal amphitheater presentation. More information on school field trips can be found in our School Programs section, including sanctuary programs, at-school programs, and our Virtual Field Trips(TM) where we broadcast the tour into the classroom. School Tour rates are determined based on the size of the field trip group. Please call for rates.
The staff at The Wildlife Sanctuary (and some of the animals) is available for educational presentations in your school. At-School program rates are $500 for the first 75 pupils, and $3.50 for each additional student up to a total attendance of 300 people, plus $0.35 per mile to cover round trip transportation costs. Please call the office to arrange for an At-School program, or Click Here for more information.
What to Wear
The Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia. It is a rustic setting requiring visitors to hike up and down hills to visit sections of the sanctuary. We encourage visitors to wear comfortable shoes for hiking, and dress for weather usually about 10-15 degrees cooler than the Atlanta area. In addition, being near mountain tops, there is often anything from a light breeze to a fair wind, so light coats or sweatshirts may be wise.
Food, Water, Restrooms
The Wildlife Sanctuary sells snacks and soda on site. Proceeds go to taking care of the sanctuary. There are restroom facilities on site. April through September, The Wildlife Sanctuary sells souvenir T-shirts that can also be purchased online. Some styles available at the sanctuary are not available online.