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Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, Dahlonega
(2.9/5 based on 120 reviews on the web)
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo is located in Dahlonega. Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Dahlonega Edition.
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  • Great refuge for Rescued animals. Happy to pay small entrance fee to help feed them and create larger pens for them . All animals were in great shape with toys etc. My first impression was that they n...  more »
  • It's a beautiful place in Dahlonega GA, especially in the fall. It was $10 per person which was a little pricey we thought for what you saw. The restrooms were atrocious portable toilets. Sink is outs...  more »
  • It was just too depressing seeing the larger animals in enclosures smaller than you see at major zoos. :( They need more room to roam. 
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  • Got to pet and feed the zebras, deer, and an emu! So many unique animals! They even have white tigers and lemurs!! So cool! I loved it just as much as the kids did! I will definitely be visiting again.
  • Absolutely LOVE this place! It's a little piece of heaven on earth! Soo many beautiful and majestic creatures to observe and admire! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit! The owner is one of the nicest gentleman I've had the pleasure of encountering and is ALWAYS working so hard on improving and upgrading all of the animal enclosures and habitats. If you ever go and think that an enclosure isn't adequate chances are they are in a temporary one and he is working on a new one. Just ask! He is always there working non stop... And the whole place is run primarily by volunteers so you could always volunteer to lend a hand. I am always truly in awe of this place everytime I go! Definitely a must to visit with the family!
  • I went there recently and didn't like what I saw. As I was walking around the zoo, they had facts about the animals that weren't even in the enclosure, or they didn't have facts at all. I had asked about training and enrichment (activities that keep the animals stimulated by doing natural behaviors, such as foraging, etc) and they informed me that we don't do any of that. They proceeded to say that we work with the animals. Also at the zebra enclosure, they didn't have any barriers between the animals and people and I saw somebody petting a emu without any staff or volunteer present and that seems like it could be a liability issue!!! The emus could potentially peck your face or dig its nail right into you and the zebras could kick and people are close enough to get kicked. I also didn't see anywhere where the big cats would shift (move the animals to another area) so that staff and volunteers could safely keep them out while they cleaned, fed, etc. The only enclosure that I saw that they could potentially shift was the lion's enclosure and that didn't look like they could shift them safely without potentially losing body parts. I made my way to their reptile area and didn't see any heat source for them. i asked about that and was told that they keep the room at 80 degrees. snakes have to have a hot spot and cold spot in their tanks so they can move around when they get to hot or cold and they didn't have that ability there. As i was walking around, i saw the elk in a pasture with big cats in their enclosures in that same pasture!!! If they were to ever get out, the cortisol levels of the elk would probably go up because he is a prey animal while the big cat is a predator and they could kill the elk if they got out! This facility has also had numerous USDA violations in the past, with the most recent having to do with the lions and vervet monkey. I'm expecting this facility to respond to this review like their other negative review from others, saying that I've never visited their facility and that I have no idea what I'm talking about. The animals at least looked like they were healthy weights but it seemed like this facility was more for profit than education.
  • This place is great and affordable. I went today with my fiancee and our son we had a great time everyone was friendly. All of the animals were beautiful and very healthy looking. Idk what that lady down there is talking about. They all had shade from trees and other things that were built in there habitat's. the monkeys had toys it was so cute. i saw water for every animal. all of their living areas were clean and roomy. The bears were out playing with each other and I took many pictures. I was impressed with the wolves den. The best was the Siberian tiger. All of the animals appeared to be relaxed healthy and happy with there home. Thank you guys for stepping in and helping these animals and giving them a second chance. You will see us again.
  • I took my dad here a few months ago and we loved it! The animals were obviously well taken care of. The people working there were friendly and you can tell they spend a lot of time caring for the animals by how the animals act when they come around. Will definitely visit again!