Vision, Mission, Values

Vision: We envision a world in which humankind values, protects and preserves the diversity of species on Earth.

Mission: We strive to inspire the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia and all visitors to the Zoo to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.

We do this by:

  • Providing an informative, educational, and engaging experience,
  • Being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us, and
  • Engaging in related conservation activities and research.


  • Stewardship – We take personal responsibility for the animals in our care as well as all the resources we use.
  • Integrity – We are honest, fair, reliable and sincere. We are trustworthy and value the trust of our community.
  • Collaboration – We maintain an environment of trust, openness, respect and transparency to maximize the creativity and productivity of our organization.
  • Diversity and Individuality – We will recruit and support employees and volunteers with diverse perspectives and talents that result in a strong, focused and innovative organization.
  • Commitment to Members and Guests – We create an enriching and welcoming atmosphere for all members and guests. We provide courteous and helpful attention to ensure they have a wonderful experience each time they visit.


Biodiversity + Human Diversity = Bio-Prosperity
As the oldest cultural institution in Atlanta, we value diversity and foster a work environment that respects differences related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity enriches our employees' performances, volunteer opportunities, guest experiences and the communities in which we live. Diversity is a core value of Zoo Atlanta. We therefore strive to continue to cultivate a diverse culture with our visitors, Volunteers, Members, employees and suppliers.

Diversity Programs and Initiatives

AZA Diversity Committee
The Diversity Special Committee was created in 1999 and is chaired by Cary Burgess, Zoo Atlanta’s Senior Vice President of Operations. The Diversity Special Committee works with AZA members to create a clearer understanding of the true definition of diversity, to provide basic information about the benefits of diversity, and to identify resources that will aid member institutions in developing positive approaches to human diversity issues. Learn more about
 AZA Diversity Special Committee and AZA.

Human Resources and Diversity Committee
The Human Resources and Diversity Committee, established in January 2008, is chaired by Zoo Atlanta Board member Marquette Chester and includes a diverse group of leaders from our organization and Board of Directors. The committee’s mission is to advise and recommend strategic direction and policy to senior leadership to achieve Zoo Atlanta’s Human Resources and Diversity mission.

Supplier Diversity Program

Zoo Atlanta is committed to supplier diversity as a key mission of our strategic plan. We strive to provide qualified minority and woman-owned businesses with the opportunities to compete for our business. Learn more about Zoo Atlanta’s Supplier Diversity Program.

Workplace Diversity

Zoo Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical disabilities, political affiliation, sexual orientation, color, marital status, veteran status or medical reason in hiring, promotion, demotion, training, benefits, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. Opportunity is provided to all employees on the basis of qualifications and job requirements.

Employment Opportunities