Noah’s Ark

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I wish I would have found out about Noah’s Ark before working on this feature for the Atlanta Journal. Not only is entry into the animal preserve free, they just have so much to offer those who love animals. Big cats, bears, monkeys, reptiles, farm animals, wolves, pretty much you name it outside of an elephant and a giraffe and they have it. The staff at the preserve work to rehabilitate Georgia wildlife as well as give a good quality of life to those animals who can’t be released back into the wild. Noah’s Ark is also famous for BLT, and not a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. BLT stands for bear, lion and tiger for the owner of the preserve happened upon just that after a drug raid by police in 2001. Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Hkhan the tiger were raised together since they were very very young. The bond between the animals remains so strong that the trio, now full grown, still share the same enclosure at the preserve. If you haven’t been yet I would highly suggest it for personally it is on the top of my list of newly discovered places in this state where I have grown up.

Charlie Hedgecoth holds a three and a half pound African bull frog at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Charlie Hedgecoth holds a three and a half pound African bull frog at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A black angus cow walks towards the fence of her enclosure as two donkeys watch at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A black angus cow walks towards the fence of her enclosure as two donkeys watch at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Maddie Walker (left) tries to lure a Bengal tiger into a holding pen so she can clean its enclosure at  Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Maddie Walker (left) tries to lure a Bengal tiger into a holding pen so she can clean its enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A Bengal tiger rolls in the grass inside its enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A Bengal tiger rolls in the grass inside its enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Two Bengal tigers in their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Two Bengal tigers in their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A lion lays in its enclosure as Katherine Harris snaps a photo at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A lion lays in its enclosure as Katherine Harris snaps a photo at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Haley Wright (right) and her mother Heather check out a lion inside of its enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove as Jo Costanzo and Heather's mother Katherine Harris look at a tiger on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Haley Wright (right) and her mother Heather check out a lion inside of its enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove as Jo Costanzo and Heather’s mother Katherine Harris look at a tiger on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Haley Wright (left) and her mother Heather watch Gabby and Mr. Smith, two Bengal tigers, lounge inside of their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Haley Wright (left) and her mother Heather watch Gabby and Mr. Smith, two Bengal tigers, lounge inside of their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Gabby and Mr. Smith, two Bengal tigers, lounge inside of their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Gabby and Mr. Smith, two Bengal tigers, lounge inside of their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A wolf-dog hybrid lays in its enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A wolf-dog hybrid lays in its enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Zuri, a white Bengal tiger, walks the fenceline inside her new enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Zuri, a white Bengal tiger, walks the fenceline inside her new enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, stands inside her enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, stands inside her enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A capuchin monkey clings to his enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A capuchin monkey clings to his enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Allison Hedgecoth (left), one of two keepers at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove, feeds SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, inside her enclosure on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Allison Hedgecoth (left), one of two keepers at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove, feeds SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, inside her enclosure on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Allison Hedgecoth (left), one of two keepers at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove, feeds SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, inside her enclosure on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Allison Hedgecoth (left), one of two keepers at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove, feeds SuzyQ, a Himalayan black bear, inside her enclosure on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Capuchin monkeys cling to their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Capuchin monkeys cling to their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Baloo, a North American black bear, lumbers towards the fence surrounding his enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Baloo, a North American black bear, lumbers towards the fence surrounding his enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays in the grass inside his enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays in the grass inside his enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Shere Hkhan (center), a Bengal tiger, walks past Baloo, a North American black bear, as Leo, an African lion, lays on the deck of a building inside their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Shere Hkhan (center), a Bengal tiger, walks past Baloo, a North American black bear, as Leo, an African lion, lays on the deck of a building inside their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays on the deck of a building inside his enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays on the deck of a building inside his enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays in the grass as Shere Hkhan, a Bengal tiger walks  the fence inside their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Leo, an African lion, lays in the grass as Shere Hkhan, a Bengal tiger walks the fence inside their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Shere Hkhan, a Bengal tiger, paces past Leo, an African lion, inside their enclosure at Noah's Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Shere Hkhan, a Bengal tiger, paces past Leo, an African lion, inside their enclosure at Noah’s Ark animal preserve in Locust Grove on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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