Now open: the all-new African Savanna
It’s a new day on the African Savanna, one of Earth’s most iconic wild places. Here in this legendary landscape, all life is connected – with surprising connections to us here at home. Join the journey to a historic transformation of Zoo Atlanta!
Zebras and giraffes are acclimating to their new spaces. Since it’s very important to us that they have opportunities to explore their environments at their own pace, both species may not be visible at the same time.
Want to celebrate the opening of the all-new African Savanna and give back in a larger-than-life way? Shop our Zambezi Elephant Center gift registry for special housewarming enrichment items for Tara, Kelly and Msholo. Be sure to visit to see your purchases in action!
A new home for African elephants
African elephants Kelly and Tara moved to their new environment in June 2019. Zoo Atlanta welcomed Msholo, an adult male African elephant from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, in July 2019.
The new elephant environment more than triples the size of the elephants’ former habitat and is a dynamic living space featuring elements specifically designed for elephant well-being and enrichment.
Elements include Abana Pond, the largest of the complex’s three water features, a pond with 360-degree access and a gentle slope for ease of use by multiple elephants. Other elements include Chishimba Falls and Kalambo Falls, waterfalls named for falls in Africa, and a feeder enrichment activity wall.
The state-of-the-art indoor Zambezi Elephant Center also features elements incorporated with elephant well-being in mind, including sand under their feet. The guest experience at the Zambezi Elephant Center offers visitors an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the elephants’ care.
A new habitat for giraffes
A mixed-species habitat, adjacent to the elephant environment, will be shared by giraffes, zebras and ostriches. This new, flatter habitat provides the giraffe herd with more usable space than ever before and gives guests an opportunity to explore pathways at ground level, looking up to appreciate the true height of Earth’s tallest living mammals.
New habitats for zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats
The elephant and giraffe/zebra/ostrich habitats are bordered by new habitats for meerkats and warthogs. Explore new environments for two of the species that make this ecosystem one of the planet’s best-known wild landscapes.
New to the Zoo in coming months: southern white rhinos
Southern white rhinos will join the Zoo Atlanta family in the coming months in a newly-designed home in the former elephant habitat.
More Ways to Explore
Be the Animal, Be the Care Specialist and Be the Conservationist
All-new interactives allow you to explore these themes with up-close and hands-on opportunities. Visit the Zambezi Elephant Center and utilize technology to see how our animal care specialists provide the elephants with superior care. Finally, don’t miss the chance to get up close with an elephant – statue that is! Flap the elephant’s ears to cool off, see how you measure up to their great height, and more with this fantastic interactive and life-sized photo op.
A new commitment
Conservation South Luangwa
The messages of the African Savanna focus on the conservation connections between Atlanta and the wild savannas of Africa and the everyday actions we can all take to affect positive change for wildlife and wild places.
Learn more about Zoo Atlanta’s new partnership with Conservation South Luangwa as we commit to protecting African elephants and other species impacted by wildlife trafficking and human-wildlife conflict.Learn more
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