African Savanna

Opening in summer 2019: the all-new African Savanna


Stay tuned for details on opening!

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.

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African Savanna Found Art Fridays

In celebration of the all-new African Savanna, opening later this summer, we’re dropping priceless prizes throughout the metro Atlanta area.


African Elephants Pack Their Trunks in Major Milestone

See the elephants in their state-of-the-art new habitat when the African Savanna opens later this summer.


What’s in an intro?

Much planning goes into opening a new habitat for any animal, but it gets a bit more challenging when you...

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The wellness benefits of mud

With the end of a nice, cool spring comes the beginning of summer and elephant mud baths – lots of...

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Sneak peek at the Zambezi Elephant Center

Join Elephant Program Manager Nate for a sneak-peek at the Zambezi Elephant Center and new African Savanna elephant habitat, opening in summer 2019. Nate gives us a tour of the many special features of the new elephant complex, including design elements implemented especially for the enrichment and well-being of Earth’s largest land mammals.


Exciting changes underway

If you’ve visited us recently, you may have visited on a day when what we call the “elephant bridge,” the...

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Zoo Atlanta is proud to host Rachel McRobb, Chief Executive Officer of Conservation South Luangwa, as she presents “Protecting South Luangwa, one of Africa’s most wild and spectacular National Parks,” on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7 p.m.



African Elephant
Returning Soon

Loxodonta africana
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Western Africa Read More

Returning Soon

Giraffa camelopardalis
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Africa Read More

Southern White Rhinoceros
Coming Late 2019

Ceratotherium simum
Herbivore At Risk Middle Africa, Southern Africa Read More

African Lion

Panthera leo
Carnivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa Read More

Common Warthog
Returning Soon

Phacochoerus africanus
Omnivore Not Threatened Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa Read More

Returning Soon

Struthio camelus
Omnivore Not Threatened Africa Read More

Kori Bustard

Ardeotis kori
Omnivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Southern Africa Read More

Slender-tailed Meerkat

Suricata suricatta
Omnivore Not Threatened Southern Africa Read More