Less than five miles north of downtown Albany, GA is the sprawling 700-acre campus of Chehaw Park, and contained within the park is one of Georgia’s two fully accredited zoos. The park hosts nearly 100,00 visitors each year and working to make sure those visitors get the most out of their visit is Navy Veteran and spouse, Tara Glenn. Glenn works as the Chehaw Park Member Ambassador.
More than 40 Years of Conservation, Education, & Preservation
Built on land originally donated to the state of Georgia for Chehaw National Park, the wild animal life park’s construction began in 1974. Over the next few years the park was expanded and animals from the Tift Park Zoo were moved to Chehaw Zoo, which opened its doors to the public in 1977.
“I love engaging with the community and getting to know our members at the park on a personal level. I love walking through the park and seeing other members learning and enjoying the outdoors,” says Glenn who has been with the park since July 2016. “During the week, I can even bring my kids with me to work.”
Designed by host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler, the animal park is home to 238 animals and 87 different species. Visitors enjoy many natural, outdoor exhibits featuring cheetahs, black rhinoceros’, meerkats, and black bears. The park also offers tours on conservation, birthday parties, and children’s camps at various times throughout the year.
In addition, Chehaw park also offers a children’s play area, picnic tables, BMX track, disc golf course, hiking trails, stocked catfish pond, boat docks, biking trails, and camping grounds
Plans for Expansion
Though the park has grown considerably since the first animal exhibits were created Chehaw, there are plans to expand. “I honestly wish I was a millionaire so I could donate enough money to the park to make all the necessary repairs to the infrastructure that are due,” says Glenn.
The park has plans to upgrade many of the park’s facilities as well as build new campgrounds for large coaches and RVs.
Plan Your Visit
Visitors to Chehaw Park have the choice of enjoying the park outside of the zoo or both. Ticket rates vary depending upon which area of the park visitors wish to access. Tickets to the zoo are less than $8 and a military discount is offered.
Chehaw also participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium national program which grants members access to 170 zoos and aquariums across the country. Membership ranges from $35 to $500.