One of Atlanta’s oldest cultural institutions, Zoo Atlanta is located in historic Grant Park, with easy access to the city’s fine dining, accommodations, and other downtown attractions. The Zoo hosts more than 1,000 animals from around the world, including a wide variety of birds, primates, big cats, and large mammals, such as African elephants, giraffes, and southern white rhinos. In addition, a plethora of reptiles and amphibians can be found at Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, which also features a focused area for species native to Georgia. Guests can also have a hands-on animal experience with goats and sheep in the petting zoo, as well as enjoy fun human activities like the Zoo Train, Endangered Species Carousel, and Treetop Trail aerial playground.
Notably, Zoo Atlanta is one of only three zoos in the United States to house giant pandas, and giant pandas represent the Zoo’s most significant investment in wildlife conservation. The Zoo also features one of North America’s largest populations of Bornean and Sumatran orangutans and western lowland gorillas, including fan-favorite Floyd, the Zoo’s youngest gorilla, born in 2019. Zoo Atlanta also hosts the U.S. headquarters of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in support of their work for gorillas and human communities in Africa. In addition to these and other conservation efforts, Zoo Atlanta donates 25 cents of every general admission to programs for wildlife through Quarters for Conservation. Visit zooatlanta.org/conservation for a full list of conservation projects and partnerships.
Zoo Atlanta donates a portion of entrance fees to wildlife support programs
Zoo Atlanta is constantly updating and innovating to best provide exceptional animal care and guest experience. The latest addition, the African Savanna, was completed in 2019 and boasts a state-of-the-art elephant habitat, featuring enrichment elements such as a pond with 360-degree access and a feeder enrichment activity wall. The African Savanna also includes new and enriching environments for giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats, and rhinos. During the warmer months, guests can participate in giraffe feedings for a small additional fee.
The African Savanna exhibit
Recent renovations also include Savanna Hall, built in 1921 and revitalized by Zoo Atlanta in 2020. Famous for its grand scale and neoclassical architecture, the building has found new life as a one-of-a-kind gathering place featuring more than 25,000 square feet of event space, including the Michael & Thalia Carlos Ballroom, which overlooks the African Savanna.
As a primarily outdoor venue, the Zoo is an ideal destination for COVID-conscious travelers. Zoo Atlanta stays up-to-date with all CDC recommendations and public health guidelines.
Both educational and a fun and engaging experience, Zoo Atlanta loves hosting groups! Groups of 15, up to a maximum of 50 paying guests, may receive a discounted group rate. To receive a group rate, one person must pay for the entire party, and the group is required to enter the Zoo together.
Zoo Atlanta looks forward to welcoming your group to experience conservation in action! Visit zooatlanta.org to plan your group’s visit today.