Naked Mole Rat Day

October 16

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Put on your Sunday best and prepare to meet the queen! Join us for a day full of fun as we celebrate our first-ever Naked Mole Rat Day!

  • Learn all about naked mole rats through biofact exploration, games, and activities.
  • Traverse an obstacle course with the sight abilities of a naked mole rat.
  • Try to seek, find, and identify the queen.
  • Discover the special family dynamics developed by these bizarre creatures.
  • Can’t make it to the Zoo? Follow Zoo Atlanta on Facebook or Instagram for a special Naked Mole Rat Day takeover.
  • Show you’re a conservation hero year-round with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag!
  • Use provided fabric markers to decorate and make your bag unique, just like naked mole rats.
  • All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund that allows us to help animals in the wild and their habitats.

Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. 

In the Wild …

Naked mole rats are mostly hairless, small mammals that live underground in Africa. These social, herbivorous animals forage for roots and tubers to share with members of their colony, which is led by the queen.

Naked mole rats are currently listed as a Least Concern species according to IUCN, but it’s important to continue to learn about them and discover ways to protect their habitat. While numbers are currently stable due to low levels of human activity, habitat encroachment could have negative consequences on their survival in the future, as they are seen as pests.

You can help by visiting the Zoo to learn more about these mighty mammals and other species that call their ecosystem home. You can also be a conservation steward by maintaining healthy green spaces in your community to help tiny creatures in your backyard thrive!

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