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Avian weaponry

Down in the Lower Zoo lives a fascinating little bird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles). These Australia natives are members of the family Charadriidae, a group that includes plovers and other shorebirds. The long, slender legs of these birds make them look like they’re wearing stilts, an adaptation to wading in shallow water looking for … Continue reading "Avian weaponry"

Panda Updates- Monday, November 28

In the last few weeks, we have received some much-needed updates to our camera systems in the giant panda building and outdoor habitats. Some very attentive PandaCam viewers may have noticed a few changes to PandaCam that came along with this. One of the changes is that some of our cameras that did not have … Continue reading "Panda Updates- Monday, November 28"

Joining Zoo Atlanta’s Orangutan Care Team

Hello everyone! My name is Jake Bedenbaugh, and I am the newest member of the Orangutan Care Team here at Zoo Atlanta. Before starting at Zoo Atlanta in September, I went to school at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in Florida. College gave me the connections and experience to land my dream job working … Continue reading "Joining Zoo Atlanta’s Orangutan Care Team"

Panda Updates- Monday, November 21

The giant panda house has joined the 21st century! The last couple of weeks have been a bit chaotic as the building has gotten some upgrades. The camera system in pandas has been replaced with brand new equipment! Consequently, the panda office has been transformed. Since we no longer needed the desk with the camera system, … Continue reading "Panda Updates- Monday, November 21"


Zoo Atlanta is all aglow with the highly anticipated return of IllumiNights: A Chinese Lantern Festival, opening Monday evening, November 21, 2022. Zoo Atlanta has partnered with Hanart Culture to bring the experience back to Atlanta, with an abundance of new lanterns and stunning scenes celebrating the splendors of nature. IllumiNights is presented by Georgia … Continue reading "OPENING TONIGHT! ILLUMINIGHTS"

The awesome ostrich

Hey there! Hoofstock Keeper Cory checking in here. I wanted to share some cool facts about the largest birds in the world! Yes, you guessed it, ostriches. The Hoofstock Team here at Zoo Atlanta takes care of a female pair of non-hoofed animals, Purple and Orange the ostriches. You can catch a glimpse of them … Continue reading "The awesome ostrich"

Tips for Holiday Sustainability

It’s hard to believe how fast this year has passed, and that we have already arrived at the holiday season! Of course, with increased consumerism around the holidays comes increased waste: between materials, packaging, food, energy consumed in transit etc., the holidays are the most wasteful time of the year. In fact, studies show that … Continue reading "Tips for Holiday Sustainability"

Sharing a passion for venomous snakes

Hey everyone!  This is Ash from the Herpetology Department back to tell you about a recent professional development opportunity that I got to go to through Zoo Atlanta called the Venomous Herpetology Symposium. This conference took place in San Antonio, TX and was sponsored by conservation groups: The Rattlesnake Conservancy and Save the Snakes.  I … Continue reading "Sharing a passion for venomous snakes"

Panda Updates- Monday, November 14

Hello everyone! My name is Mel and I am the newest member of the Panda Team. You may have seen me previously around the Zoo hosting presentations in the World of Wild Theater and Amy’s Tree Theater. I was fortunate enough to work as a keeper in the Ambassador Animals Department, where I very much … Continue reading "Panda Updates- Monday, November 14"

How smart are Kunekune pigs?

Here at the Zoo, we’re honored to have some of the Earth’s most intelligent species in our stewardship. You may be familiar with some of our resident “geniuses,” like orangutans and elephants. But we’ve got one smarty-pants species that may surprise you: Kunekune pigs!   It’s becoming more well known that pigs are extremely intelligent- … Continue reading "How smart are Kunekune pigs?"