Society & Culture

State Botanical Garden to host event featuring exotic animals

Exotic birds and reptiles
Roy Hodge of Exotic Paradise

Athens, Ga. – The State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia will host “Exotic Birds and Reptiles on Planet Earth Family Day” March 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Visitor Center and Conservancy.

Roy Hodge, of Exotic Paradise, Atlanta, will give a presentation featuring cockatoos, exotic parrots, spectacled owls, monitor lizards, anacondas, boa constrictors and more. The program will include animal facts, animal adaptations and conservations concerns. Afterward, the animals and their handlers will be available to meet. There also will be hands-on activities and crafts to learn more about forests of the world.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Children under 2 are free.

For more information, see or call 706/542-6156. The State Botanical Garden is located at 2450 South Milledge Ave., Athens, one mile south of the Athens Perimeter.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A unit of the University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the general public as well as UGA faculty, staff and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces. For more information, see