Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary

Come face-to-face with an amazing variety of animal species while visiting these zoos, wildlife parks and petting zoos in Atlanta and beyond. Check websites before visiting for hours, admission prices, special events and safety guidelines.

Zoo Atlanta

See animals from around the world, including elephants, lions, pandas, orangutans, lemurs and more. Some indoor venues and experiences, including Treetop Trail, are temporarily closed. The petting zoo is limited to viewing only at this time. Purchase timed-entry tickets in advance. Atlanta.

North Georgia Wildlife Park

On Wednesdays through Sundays, view more than 80 animals from the comfort of your car with the Safari Drive Thru. See camels, zebras, ostriches and more, and add-on experiences are available. Admission to the zoo lets visitors see the animals up close and includes a one-hour wildlife walk and entry to the petting zoo. Cleveland.

Pettit Creek Farms

Visit this family-owned farm for their Pumpkin Fest (through Nov. 1), for lots of fall activities and the chance to see over 20 varieties of animals – sheep, camels, a giraffe and more. From January to August, the farm offers drive-through tours. Cartersville.

L&R Alpaca Haven Farm

Schedule an appointment for a farm tour and visit more than 30 alpacas, each with its own name and personality. Check their Facebook page for special events like Alpaca yoga and Pilates. Douglasville.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary has deer, vultures, a petting yard, a barn yard, bears, lemurs and more. The new owners are committed to providing the resident animals the best life possible. Feed bags of lettuce or carrots are available to buy for the deer, goats, bunnies, sheep and alpacas. Purchase tickets in advance. Lilburn.

Creekwater Alpaca Farm

Schedule a public, private or virtual farm tour to view over 50 alpacas, along with goats, sheep, pigs and bunnies on this 40-acre farm. Snellville.

Wild Animal Safari

This 300-acre park has a 3.5-mile driving experience with more than 550 animals, including camels, zebras, American bison and more. Drive your own car or rent a Zebra Van. Online ticket purchase recommended. Pine Mountain.

Georgia Aquarium

Explore the many residents of the aquarium’s 10 million gallons of water – you’ll see penguins, manta rays, sharks, fish, whales, sea lions and much more, all in awe-inspiring exhibits. Purchase timed-entry tickets in advance. Atlanta.

Bear Hollow Zoo

This zoo, located in Athens Memorial Park,  is home to a variety of non-releasable wildlife residents, including a river otter, great horned owl, black bear, bald eagle and more. The animals help educate visitors about wildlife. Register in advance for a self-guided tour. Athens.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

A black bear named Baloo and a tiger named Shere Kahn (sound familiar?) live together in one enclosure at this animal rescue sanctuary. Don’t miss 1500 animals, including birds, monkeys, cats, wolves and foxes, reptiles and small mammals. Locust Grove.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Meet more than 100 exotic and native animals – most were rescued due to being orphaned, illegally purchased or in need of a home – including elk, tigers, zebras, camels and bears. Consider bringing fresh fruits or produce to help this non-profit feed the animals. Dahlonega.

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