Plants and Horticulture

Volunteer with the horticulture department
Plant conservation work
Zoo Atlanta is a member of the Association of Zoological Horticulture

Questions? Contact the Zoo Atlanta Horticulture Department

Official Tree Care Provider of Zoo Atlanta

Featured Garden: Carnivorous Plant Bog
The Carnivorous Plant Bog opens as part of the Complex Carnivore exhibit. Carnivorous plants are predators that get their nutrition from eating other living things. There are more than 670 known carnivorous plant species, but all have three key traits in common.

Carnivorous plants survive because they:

  • Capture and kill prey
  • Have the ability to digest their prey
  • Benefit from nutrients from the prey

Come closer …
Since plants are stationary and cannot track, chase, or pounce on prey, they use superior adaptations to attract and trap insects or small vertebrates.

These enticements include tasty nectars, appealing scents, a slippery or waxy surface, or specialized hairs that lead prey into the plant’s trap. Carnivorous plants use one of five trapping mechanisms: pitfall traps, sticky traps, “lobster pot” traps, suction traps or snap traps.

Carnivorous flora – right here in Georgia!
The well-known Venus fly trap is native to North Carolina, but there are other carnivorous plant species even closer to home. Found in Georgia, the endangered pitcher plant grows in one of our state’s rarest ecosystems: the bog. Bog restoration efforts have proved promising, but only a quarter of the approximately 300 sites in Georgia where bogs once existed are capable of being restored.

Carnivorous plants are harmless to people, but human activities place these fascinating organisms in jeopardy. Species like the pitcher plant are vulnerable to habitat destruction, competition with invasive species, pesticide damage and poaching by collectors

Species featured in the garden:

Venus fly trap Sundew Pitcher plant