Plan to bring zoo and safari park to US city of Madison, Georgia

A 200-hectare zoo and safari park that will feature giraffes, rhinos, zebras and ostriches is under development in the US near Atlanta, Georgia.

The Georgia Safari Conservation Park is planned for Morgan County, Georgia just outside the city limits of Madison. When fully developed, it will include three attractions on one site – a drive-through safari, a traditional walk-through zoo and treetop lodging.

The drive-through safari component of the park will allow guests to get up close and personal with exotic animals. Using one of the park’s custom safari vehicles, guests will take an immersive guided tour of the wildlife savanna. The tours will be designed to mirror the same experience as an authentic African game drive.

The zoo experience will take guests on an adventure across five continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America. There will be lush botanical gardens, landscaped walkways and naturalistic animal exhibits.

Both experiences will feature multiple species of African wildlife including giraffes, rhinos, zebras, bongos, kudu, ostrich and more. Custom guided tours, behind-the-scenes experiences, up-close animal encounters, animal feedings, photo opportunities, team-building activities, corporate excursions and events will also be available.

Treetop Lodging will offer guests the opportunity to stay overnight in individual units built high in the tree canopy overlooking the wildlife of a private African savanna. This 50-unit lodge will include an event centre for corporate retreats, weddings, birthdays and other events, as well as a restaurant.

The Georgia Safari Conservation Park has grown over time, with the zoo originally approved for 160-hectares in 2014, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. It got another approval for 176-hectares in October last year to add lodging and amusements. A new application would grow the facility to 213-hectares, if approved.

In October 2017 the development team stated on its Facebook page that it has completed its master plan and is in the process of finalising phase one funding. The post also said that the organisation is seeking accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Architecture firm Wakefield Beasley and Associates is working on the project, according to its website, while Georgia Civil has worked on engineering and landscape architecture plans.

Image: c. Georgia Safari Conservation Park.