Safari in the southeast
8/5/2019 - 1/31/2019
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.