By Mallory McBride
Jim and Betsey Fowler will be the honorary hosts for “Sip & Safari” a fundraiser to benefit Chehaw’s Wild Animal Park, sponsored by OB-GYN Associates at the Veranda. The event will take place at the Fowler’s family plantation, Mud Creek, on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with cocktails, a safari, dinner and dancing. Contact Chehaw for ticket information.
Jim Fowler, an Albany native, became the Co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins, when the program began in 1962 and later became host in the 1980’s. He appeared as a regular on many network programs including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Today Show, and Seinfeld as a spokesperson for the natural world. He has maintained a wildlife ranching operation at Mud Creek since the early 1970s. In 1974 he was commissioned by the city of Albany and Chehaw to design the wild animal park. Since then the park has been home to many exotic and indigenous animals.
“Chehaw is a treasure for Albany. Its natural beauty, size, location, and unique combination of educational programming and adventure are very important to the local economy,” says Jim Fowler. “The Sip & Safari event will be a great outdoor adventure for those attending. Good food and dancing under the stars surrounded by the comfort of the plantation.”
Recently, Jim Fowler was given a tribute by the world famous Explorer’s Club at a fund-raiser in New York. He says he is equally excited about the Sip & Safari event and the uniqueness of his family’s plantation to raise funds for Chehaw.
Featuring one of only two zoos in Georgia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Chehaw also includes a BMX bicycle race track, 18-hole disc golf course, Wild Trail for walkers and runners and one of the largest playgrounds in the state. Chehaw hosts special events throughout the year, like the Native American Cultural Festival in the spring, Swamp Stomp Summer Camps in the summer and Festival of Lights during the holidays. For more information, visit www.Chehaw.org or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/chehaw.