The Georgia Safari Conservation Park is being developed among the rolling pastures and grasslands in Morgan County, Georgia just outside the city limits of Madison. Less than an hour east of Atlanta on Interstate-20, The Park will be unlike anything in the Southeast. When fully developed, the Georgia Safari Conservation Park will bring three attractions together on one site: a safari drive-through experience, a traditional walk-through zoo and Treetop Lodging.
The Georgia Safari Conservation Park will complement the offerings of Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium making the Atlanta area a zoological powerhouse in the Southeast. The drive-through safari component of the park, will allow guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with exotic animals. Guests will take an immersive and interpretive guided tour of the expansive wildlife savanna, aboard one of our custom safari vehicles through the open plains and forests of the 500-acre park. These tours will be designed to mirror the same experience as an authentic African game drive. Guests will encounter multiple species of African wildlife including giraffes, rhinos, zebras, bongos, kudu, ostrich and more out in the open savanna. Custom guided tours, behind-the-scenes experiences, up-close animal encounters, animal feedings, photo opportunities, team-building activities, corporate excursions and events will also be available to supplement the guest experience.
The walk-through experience will take guests on an interpretive adventure across five continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America. From the moment they enter the Park through the themed gateway, guests will be immersed in lush botanical gardens, landscaped walkways and naturalistic animal exhibits taking them on an experiential tour of environments, wildlife and cultures from around the world. Careful attention will be paid to creating a quality experience for all visitors; one that will provide for memories of a lifetime.
Treetop Lodging will offer guests the opportunity to stay overnight in individual units built high in the tree canopy overlooking the wildlife of a private African savanna. This 50-unit boutique lodge will include an event center for corporate retreats, weddings, birthdays, family reunions, etc., as well as a restaurant that will offer food services for guests staying at the treetop lodging. Guests will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African savannah as the animals eat, socialize and go about their daily and nightly activities.
BILL KILLMER – Chief Executive Officer
Bill has a lifetime of experience as a highly successful Landscape Architect. As co-founder of Lifescapes, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, he helped build one of the largest, most respected design build companies in the southeastern United States, employing more than 200 people. The firm won numerous state and national awards, consistently winning the Grand environmental Improvement Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the country. Bill also developed adventure travel destinations in Africa and South America where he hosted clients each year. He is a lifelong outdoorsman and environmental conservationist who shares a passion for creating special places for people to live and enjoy.
ANDREW O'CONNELL III, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Andrew has been President of ALO Consulting, LLC a financial/advisory services company that provides CFO/ consulting to a variety of high-end clients. Prior to that, he was the Senior VP and CFO of Reynolds Plantation, an 18,000-acre master planned community in Greensboro, Georgia. Andrew was responsible for development of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, a 251 room Five-Star resort. Under his guidance, Reynolds was named one of the “Top 5” golf resorts in the world.
MICHAEL C. CONRADS - President, Lane Conrads Corporation – Partner
Mike has a B.S. in business from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Prior to leading Lane Conrads Corporation, Mike had a successful eighteen year career with The Coca Cola Company in sales and marketing. He has an extensive background and passion for operations, strategic planning, plan execution, project management, problem solving and team leadership gained from experience running Coca- Cola's Southwest Area Operations Team, which handled product distribution and technical services for customers in a thirteen state geography.
BRANDIE ANDERSON- Operations, Education & Public Programs
A Georgia native, Brandie brings over 20 years of business
experience to the Georgia Safari Conservation Park team. Earning
her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Agnes Scott College,
Brandie found her passion for environmental education early on in
her career as part of Zoo Atlanta’s as education team. There she
taught specialized education curriculum focusing on zoological
science, technology, habitats, husbandry, and environmental
awareness to zoo guests participating in the education programs.
Brandie eventually left the zoological industry for roles in the
corporate arena where she gained extensive experience in
operations, project management, sales, marketing, and business
development. She is excited about having the opportunity to
combine her passion for both wildlife conservation and project
management as a part of the Safari Park’s development team.
Our mission is to create a world-class zoological attraction that connects people with wildlife through naturalistic exhibits, educational programming and recreational opportunities that encourage guests to explore and develop a love for the natural world.
We believe everyone can become a conservation leader. Our goal is to inspire guests to learn how they can make a difference in the conservation of wildlife while making memories and having fun.
A WORLD-CLASS SAFARI PARK
The Georgia Safari Conservation Park will develop and promote a unique regional zoological culture dedicated to the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife. Our objectives include: developing an environment conducive to the appreciation and understanding of animal diversity while simultaneously providing meaningful family recreation, and actively encouraging and developing an atmosphere which supports community participation and involvement.
We will accomplish this by:
• Ensuring animal health and wellness is our highest priority.
• Being committed to the design of natural habitat exhibits.
• Participating in international cooperative conservation research & captive breeding programs.
Developing and maintaining a world-class, state-of-the-art facility.
• Developing and implementing educational programming to take our message to the community.
• Being fiscally responsible and a good corporate citizen.
THE GEORGIA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, INC.
Get involved and truly make a difference! The Georgia Zoological Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to save wildlife and their natural habitats through conservation, education, connection and inspiration. If you would like to explore investment opportunities, sponsorships, naming rights, legacy giving or other ways to become a founding member of this incredible legacy project, please contact us for additional financial and subscription documents.
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P.O. Box 1299, Madison, GA 30650, US