The Safari in the Southeast exhibit presents…
The taxidermied animal collection of Allan and Janie Jones in an effort to educate students and the public about animals and their habitats. Many of these animals have been recently refurbished after being neglected for many years before Jones' acquirement of the collection. Each animal is marked with their conservation status, diet, activity, and geographic range. The Museum Center and its partners, Allan and Janie Jones, Jones Management Services, and TreesnTrends, aim to raise conservation awareness through this exhibit.
Throughout this exhibit, you will find QR codes that will take you to the World Wildlife Fund's Adoptable Species pages, where you can symbolically adopt an animal and contribute to the World Wildlife Fund.
We hope you find this exhibit, which includes animals from the North American arctic, the Central and South American rainforests, the African rainforest, and the African savanna, to be educational. Our goal is to offer an opportunity for students and the public to view these amazing animals up close and personal.
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You can view some of these animals in their natural habitats through live cams, such as these:
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about the exhibit:
The Safari in the Southeast presents part of the Allan & Janie Jones Taxidermied Animal Collection, the third-largest, privately-owned taxidermied animal collection in the United States. The collection includes animals from Africa, South America, and North America - from giraffes to polar bears. This collection has been loaned to the museum to teach the public about animal habitats, biology, and the importance of conservation.
Jones became interested in nature at an early age and knew every insect, bird, mammal, tree, and flower by his senior year of high school. His residence, Creekridge, is over 1,900 acres of protected wildlife, including hundreds of deer, turkeys, foxes, and coyotes. The latest is a Florida panther seen on the property. Multiple lakes boast large fish populations of crappie, bass, and catfish. It includes a swamp, as well as five miles of Mouse Creek, up the center for waterfowl and swamp animals. Numerous red-headed woodpeckers call Creekridge home because Jones protects the dead tree that some birds require.
Jones says when nature gets out of balance, it corrects itself, and Creekridge is a lifelong project to encourage nature.