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So you want to be an animal care professional?

My name is AJ, and I am a member of the Hoofstock Animal Care Team! Last time I wrote, we discussed the importance of operant conditioning training for all of the animals we care for. For this, I wanted to take the time to answer one of the most common questions I get as an … Continue reading "So you want to be an animal care professional?"

Panda Updates – Monday, September 18

It has been several months now since we have completed the new structures in each of the giant panda dayrooms. As you may have seen, the structures that were in both of the indoor areas were replaced and upgraded to multi-tiered structures. With time, we have now been able to see how each of the … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Monday, September 18"


Signature wine festival will feature live music from The Purple Madness, the ultimate tribute to Prince. WHAT: Atlanta’s wildest wine festival will soon come uncorked at Sippin’ Safari on Saturday, September 16. Tickets are still available for the signature event, which will feature wine sampling and live music from The Purple Madness, the ultimate tribute … Continue reading "LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND SIPPIN’ SAFARI!"

Armadillo Enrichment

Hello, my name is Rachael and I am a member of the Ambassador Animals Team here at Zoo Atlanta. The Ambassador Animal Department provides a unique opportunity for our animals to educate the public up close. Today I want to talk to you about some of my favorite ambassadors we have at the zoo – … Continue reading "Armadillo Enrichment"


4-month-old from Sacramento Zoo will be introduced to Zoo Atlanta’s nationally renowned veteran adoptive mother Madu   ATLANTA – September 11, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta and the Sacramento Zoo are very pleased to announce that Nangka, a 4-month-old male Sumatran orangutan, arrived safely in Atlanta on Friday, September 8, 2023. In coming days, the infant will … Continue reading "NEW CHAPTER FOR INFANT SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN NANGKA"


Squirrel-sized “bintlets” will remain behind the scenes for several weeks ATLANTA – September 8, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is excited to welcome three new binturongs, born to mother Bramble on August 31, 2023. The newborns – which are known as bintlets – are the first offspring of Bramble and father Baloo and the first binturongs … Continue reading "BINTURONGS BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA"

The wrinkled hornbill: A fascinating forest dweller

In the dense rainforests of Southeast Asia, a peculiar and captivating bird takes to the skies with its distinct appearance and unique behavior. Enter the wrinkled hornbill, a remarkable avian species that has captured the hearts of nature enthusiasts and researchers alike. With its unmistakable wrinkled casque and extraordinary nesting habits, this magnificent bird stands … Continue reading "The wrinkled hornbill: A fascinating forest dweller"

It’s All in the Family

Have you ever made a family tree? You know, the diagram that uses horizontal lines to connect siblings and vertical lines to connect parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on? Just like we make family trees for the individual people we’re related to, we can make family trees for related species, too. And do you know … Continue reading "It’s All in the Family"

Remembering Biji

Hello again from Caitlin on the Orangutan Team!  It has been an emotional month for us orangutan caretakers, as we recently said goodbye to our oldest female orangutan, Biji.  Biji was famously known at Zoo Atlanta as being one of the founding members of our orangutan population.  She lived to be 52 years old and … Continue reading "Remembering Biji"

Cognitive Bias

In our last blog post, we talked about some of the methodologies we use to study animal welfare. We often look at behavior, and physiological measures, as proxies for an animal’s state of mind. But scientists developed a test that can measure state of mind: the cognitive bias test. Cognitive bias is the effect of … Continue reading "Cognitive Bias"