Probably the most well-known animal round Athens is the bulldog, after all — however that doesn’t imply it’s the solely animal on the town.  In reality, a drive over to Athens-Clarke County’s Memorial Park reveals a protracted record of fascinating creatures simply ready to be found by guests.

Bear Hole Zoo is positioned contained in the 72-acre county park and is residence to a number of animal species native to Georgia. Open from 10 a.m. to three p.m. day by day, the zoo’s residents embody the North American river otter, the good horned owl, white-tailed deer, and — after all — the American black bear.  

Every of the animals is non-releasable within the wild; Bobbles the otter, for instance, was orphaned within the wild and got here to the zoo from Alaska final yr, and black bears Athena and Yonah had been additionally orphaned and have lived on the zoo since 2010.

So, who’s prepared to go to with an alligator and behold a bald eagle? Bear Hole Zoo is positioned at 293 Gran Ellen Drive in Athens, solely a few mile from the campus of the College of Georgia. Printable animal guides can be found right here. Oh, and better of all?  Admission to the zoo is free to the general public.

It’s been a number of years since we visited Bear Hole Zoo — and with so many individuals looking for enjoyable, outside actions proper now, it appeared like an ideal time to make a return journey.  Click on the video participant for a peek at our morning hanging out with a few of Georgia’s most lovely residents!

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