In a sad sign of the times, Georgia’s Kangaroo Conservation Center has closed to the public indefinitely. The website cites the economy and and the importance of using all of the Center’s time and efforts to provide the best animal husbandry possibly. I do understand the importance of providing the kangaroos and other animals with excellent care, but this makes me very sad. I would imagine the income the were taking in from visitors could not have been very much, otherwise they would have let visitors continue to visit the facility. Dawsonville is only one hour north of Atlanta, and I can’t believe the Conservation Center wasn’t a popular field trip site for schools. But, managing a group of school children is a lot of work, and who knows, perhaps it’s even stressful for the animals.
It’s fantastic that this facility seems to really have its head and heart in the right place. At the end of the day, the animals must come first, regardless of how much the public wants to view them. I wish they would advertise on their website where we can send donations, as I would send them a check this afternoon! I imagine they must need the money — they have such a large collection of kangaroos and other animals at the facility.
We need more places and people in the world who really care about conserving our planet’s resources, including its animals. I sincerely hope the Kangaroo Conservation Center opens up again soon so that it can continue education people about the importance of conserving species of all kinds.