Opening in summer 2019: the all-new African Savanna
Opening August 8!
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 as we look forward to this historic transformation of Zoo Atlanta!
A new home for African elephants
African elephants Kelly and Tara moved to their new environment in June 2019 and are currently behind the scenes as they acclimate to their new spaces. Stay tuned for exciting updates on when Members and guests will be able to see them in their new habitat!
The new elephant environment more than triples the size of the elephants’ former habitat and will be a dynamic living space featuring elements specifically designed for elephant well-being and enrichment.
Elements will include Abana Pond, the largest of the complex’s three water features, a pond with 360-degree access for ease of use by the elephants. Other elements will include two waterfalls 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 will offer visitors and 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 home to giraffes, zebras and ostriches. This new, flatter habitat will provide the giraffe herd with more usable space than ever before and will give 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 will be 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 later this year: southern white rhinos
Southern white rhinos will join the Zoo Atlanta family later in 2019 in a newly-designed home in the former elephant habitat.
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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