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Fundraiser for Chehaw shows future plans

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A fundraiser for Chehaw Park will be a preview of a planned exhibit that organizers hope will bring tourists and economic development to Albany.

Jim and Betsey Fowler will host the Sip & Safari fundraiser at their Mud Creek Plantation next month. They'll give you a taste of what they hope a new exhibit at Chehaw will offer.

It's one of the largest herd of Eland antelope in the U.S. They can jump six foot fences, and they're right here in Dougherty County.

"We have some very friendly ostriches and somewhere hanging around here are some zebras," said Jim Fowler, Parks at Chehaw Wild Animal Park Designer.

Attendees to Chehaw's Sip and Safari fundraiser at the Fowler Farm will get up close and personal with the animals next month.

"You'll have the excitement of the safari plus this whole place, our plantation here called Mud Creek," said Fowler.

It's also Jim Fowler's vision for Chehaw's future development, creating a similar safari experience on 200 acres on the northern end of the property.

"We have some very interesting safari vehicles that I think we'll be able to take people through on," said Fowler.

Layout and plans for the safari exhibit are expected this winter. It would be paid for with private money and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue.

"We may have a little camping area around a water hole and we'd have to charge a premium price for that, but maybe you could camp out around the water hole and see these animals coming down to drink at night, the kind of experience you would have in Africa," said Doug Porter, Parks at Chehaw Executive Director.

Part of Chehaw's future vision includes more cabins like these three being installed, they'll be hooked up with electricity but are a more primitive way of camping.

"Chehaw should be a place that reconnects families and children with the world of nature, that's desperately needed," said Fowler.

If done right organizers feel it will be just what Albany needs to bring people to southwest Georgia and more revenue for the city.

There are just a few tickets left for the Sip and Safari Event at the Fowler Farm February 27th.

Chehaw plans to make it an annual event. The event includes cocktails, the safari, dinner, and dancing. For information about tickets contact the Chehaw Park at (229)-430-5275.


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