Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Children's Care Home in Locust Grove will host an Adventure Safari Camp July 31 and Aug. 1. The event is a fund-raiser for the shelter, and will include an overnight camp and an after-hours look at the animal habitat.
Diane Smith, the assistant to Noah's Ark Director Jama Hedgecoth, said the camp allows people to see a side of Noah's Ark not often seen by visitors to the habitat.
"For one thing, they [campers] get to go into our pasture, visit with our animals and actually get to feed them," she said. "We also do a hand feed with the monkeys and toss meat to the big cats. It's a fun event. I've come to it as a volunteer, and I wouldn't miss one."
Smith said participants in the safari will have an opportunity to learn more about the origins and mission of Noah's Ark through a presentation by Hedgecoth and her son, Charlie. Campers will also be able to see the children's home "from a distance" during the event, she said.
"We can't go into the children's home, because of privacy issues," said Smith.
The cost for admission to the safari is a tax-deductible donation of $100. Campers ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call Noah's Ark at (770) 957-0888 or visit www.noahs-ark.org.
- Jason A. Smith