Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center
|Tax ID no.||58-2052136|
|Focus||Animal rescue, Wildlife rehabilitation|
|Key people||Charles Hedgecoth Jr. (Secretary)
Karen Thomas (Chairperson)
|Slogan||Bringing children and animals together|
Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center is an American exotic animal rescue center. Noah's Ark is located on 250 acres in Locust Grove, Georgia and houses over 1500 animals. Many of the center's animals were rescued from unlicensed owners or donated by circuses and zoos. The center also houses the Noah's Ark Children Care Home which provides a long-term home and animal-assisted therapy for foster children.
The center is known for its "The Clubhouse" exhibit, in which a tiger, a lion and a bear live together (the three were rescued together from an Atlanta house during a drug raid).
Founded by Jama and Charles Hedgecoth in 1978, the center was originally located on a small farm. In 1990, Noah's Ark moved to a 122 acre property in Locust Grove, Georgia. In 1992, they expanded the center to include the Noah's Ark Children Care Home for foster children.
In 2001, the center acquired a trio of captive young animals (a lion cub, a tiger cub, and a bear cub) confiscated from a convicted drug dealer during a raid. As the lion, bear and tiger cubs had bonded, they were housed in a special exhibit called "The Clubhouse" where they could be together.
In 2008, Noah's Ark rescued a wounded young zebra that was found wandering on nearby Interstate 75. The story of the zebra's rescue and subsequent recovery received substantial coverage from local media.
- Delfiner, Rita (December 11, 2009). "It's animal house: Rescued beasts are wild about each other". New York Post. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- "Animals' food big loss from Ark fire". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 19, 2002. p. JI1.
- "Kids to board Noah's Ark: Couple running home for 700 animals to add human charges". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. January 20, 1993. p. C4.
- Eckstein, Sandra (April 10, 2008). "Injured zebra discovered on I-75". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Eckstein, Sandra (March 29, 2009). "Zebra found on I-75 thrives after rehab". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- "Injured Zebra Found Wandering On I-75". WSB-TV. April 10, 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2012.