“Artesian Alliance”

The Exchange Club of Albany, Georgia welcomed Tommy Gregors, a native Albanian. Mr. Gregors is the Executive Director of Flint RiverQuarium, Thronateeska Heritage Center, and Chehaw Park & Zoo. Mr. Gregors serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Wildlife Federation, the Albany Convention, Visitors Bureau, The Southwest Georgia Chapter of Quail Forever, and the Albany Citizens Transportation Committee. Mr. Gregors is devoted to the Albany area to make the community a better place to live and educate the citizens.          

   What is the “Artesian Alliance.” In 2019, Chehaw Park & Zoo, the Flint RiverQuarium, and Thronateeska Heritage Center agreed to become known as the Artesian Alliance. Each entity will retain their name, goals, and mission. The alliance is a sharing and working alliance not a complete merger. The alliance will allow use by each entity, the limited staff to keep cost down. It will allow all three entities to market together to drive attendance and advertisement for Albany attractions. It will allow the entities to work together on fund-raising efforts since all three attractions are seeking the same funds and attendee to their attraction. The alliance is in the process of working on a membership card. The card would allow under the alliance to attend all the Chehaw Park & Zoo, Flint RiverQuarium, and the Thronateeska Heritage Center at one price.

     Flint RiverQuarium, Thronateeska Heritage Center, and Chehaw Park & Zoo have been closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. They have begun to open back up slowly under the State of Georgia Safety Promise. Mr. Gregors stated “I feel like we will not have school field trips until the pandemic is under control.” Myself and my team are working on plans to bring the educational aspects of Flint RiverQuarium, Thronateeska Heritage Center, and Chehaw Park & Zoo, to the schools.” Our three entities are driven to educate children in a fun way about Science, Aquatic, Wild Life, Eco System, Solar System and History.

Flint RiverQuarium, Thronateeska Heritage Center, and Chehaw Park & Zoo, management team has begun work on a Master Plan to take them into the future. A study group will be taking surveys from the citizens. It will be asking the citizens what they would like to see in the future plans.

    Below you will find excerpts from Flint RiverQuarium (flintriverquarium.com), Thronateeska Heritage Center (heritagecenter.org), and Chehaw Park & Zoo (chehaw.org ). Please visit their Web Sites to view what your city has to offer at these three entities. Find educational activities for any age group that will bring enjoyment to your life.These are excellent attractions in our area and we strongly urge you to take advantage of them.



Thronateeska Heritage Center is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1974 for the purpose of historic preservation and science education in Albany and Southwest Georgia. Thronateeska is located at Heritage Plaza, the 100 block of West Roosevelt Avenue in Albany, on the only remaining brick street in the city.

Thronateeska’s campus includes a history museum, science museum, rail car display, a 40′ full dome HD planetarium, the Georgia Museum of Surveying & Mapping, and the South Georgia Archives. The museum facilities are housed in historic structures and new construction designed to reflect and retain the railroad heritage of the area.


The Flint RiverQuarium, a one-of-a-kind adventure in Albany, Georgia, featuring a unique blue hole spring with more than 120 mysterious creatures! Explore the world around you like never before with interactive exhibits and face-to-face encounters with the creatures and fish native to south Georgia. Visitors can experience the unique ecosystems of the Flint River watershed through a variety of interactive exhibits. Ongoing programming, such as dive shows, alligator feedings and animal presentations, ensure that every visit has something new to offer.


The Zoo at Chehaw is home to 234 specimens representing over 73 different species. Enjoy natural, outdoor exhibits including Cheetahs, Black Rhinoceros’, Meerkats, Black Bears, Alligators, and many more, while you stroll through our scenic boardwalks and cypress swamp. Participate in animal feedings and keeper talks every weekend. Chehaw’s African Veldt Ride is free with admission, and will take you through our largest exhibit where seven different species roam in natural herds. The Zoo at Chehaw undergoes regular, thorough investigation to ensure that it has met, and will to continue to meet, ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. 

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