Kangaroo Conservation Center
No need to fly half way around the world to experience a genuine Aussie wildlife adventure, just hop aboard the KangaRanger and explore mobs of bouncing kangaroos at The Kangaroo Conservation Center—“America’s Aussie Adventure”—a unique ecotourism attraction located in Dawsonville, Georgia on 87 acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
With its 26 year dedicated focus on both wildlife conservation and education, The Kangaroo Conservation Center has successfully bred and raised the largest single collection of hundreds of kangaroos—representing twelve different species–outside of Australia.
In addition to its wide array of marsupials, educational adventures, frequent viewings of recent births and hatchings, animal shows, exhibits, hiking trails, butterfly picnic garden, and wide variety of guided and self-guided tours, The Kangaroo Conservation Center also features a novel shopping experience at its . . .
Aussie Outpost, featuring many new items for 2009 in addition to online purchases of a wide variety of novelty clothing, jewelry, postcards, picture frames, life-size plus animals, toys, eco-gifts, garden items, and fun brown paper gift bags of delicious chocolate “Roo Poo” truffles. Proceeds of sales help support safe wildlife habitats and preservation.
Featured Tours . . .
- The NEW 2009 Aussies Outing
- Wild Australia Show
- Aussie Adventure Tour
- The KangaRanger Truck Ride
- Wander DownUnder Self-Guided Tour (not offered everyday) Fees for this tour fees are $20 for adults, $16 for children age 5 to 17.
- Australia Station is the main headquarters that houses a diet preparation area, medical facilities, and a main arena where The Wild Australia Show is presented and visitors are given a close up view of the centers wide variety of animals.
- The Wings Downunder Aviary, houses two exhibits—the colorful and animated lories and lorikeets, and a rare North American collection of the blue-wing kookaburra.
- The Billabong Encounter where visitors can walk through a billabong—a watering hole, rich with a wide diversity of Australian wildlife, including several different species of both birds and reptiles.
- The Aussie Walkabout, this quarter mile path takes visitors past many of the facilities kangaroo fields, to view joeys of all ages, including the male kangaroos that are not breeding.
- The Wallaby Station offers visitors the opportunity to view three species of medium sized kangaroos—Bennett’s wallabies, dama wallabies, and agile wallabies.
- Fern Valley Trail is a quarter mile hike that takes visitors through a native north Georgia woodland with several different views of the kangaroo fields
- The Butterfly Garden has picnic tables for visitors to enjoy a scenic lunch or snack.
The History of the Kangaroo Conservation Center
Founded by owners and directors, Roger and Debbie Nelson, the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, Georgia began in the early 1980’s as a private exotic animal breeding facility and wildlife sanctuary—known as Nelson’s Twin Oaks Farm—in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Supported by private financial resources, admission fees and gift shop sales The Kangaroo Conservation Center has been a member of the Association of Zoo & Aquariums since 1987. KCC was the recipient of the International Wildlife Conservation Award from AZA, in addition to numerous additional conservation and “top choice” travel adventure awards and featured spots on numerous television programs, from “Good Morning, America,” to publications like The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine.
For more information, call 706-265-6100 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.kangaroocenter.com/
Directions: Take GA 400 North to HWY 136 (4 miles north of the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall), Turn Left on 136. Go west on 136 for 12 miles to Bailey-Waters Rd, and turn right (Forrest Hills Conference Center sign). They are the first address on the right #222.
Kangaroo Conservation Center
222 Bailey-Waters Road
Tours, times, dates, and hours vary seasonally
Closed Sunday and Mondays
General Admission: Ticket prices range from $22.00 $32.00 per person for rain or shine tours—tickets can be purchased ahead on the web http://www.kangaroocenter.com/
Group tours of 30 or more people ($22.00 per person) can be arranged
Visitors must be a minimum of five years of age