Play the Animal Way

September 8

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You like to play? We do, too! Entertain your inner wild thing in the wacky world of animal enrichment! Watch your favorite Zoo residents investigate the most colorful treats of the year, sniff out their favorite scents, and solve challenging puzzles. Activity stations throughout the Zoo will include thank-you letter writing for our animal care team members and creating bubbles for the tanuki (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. only).

Some of our favorite animal-inspired activities even allow you to test out your own abilities!

  • Forage like a Gorilla – learn how to forage and test your skills.
  • Paint for the Animals! Use your creative talents to decorate enrichment items.  
  • Jump like a Tiger – can you jump as far as a tiger?
  • Catch “bugs” with our Termite Mound Game – learn how some animals use tools to catch a snack.  
  • Paper Chain Party – create fun, fall-themed enrichment for the animals.
  • Smell like a Giant Panda – can you guess all the different scents? Find out the giant pandas’ favorites!
  • Tanuki Bubbles (10 a.m. – 11 a.m. only) – Help create bubble enrichment for the tanuki brothers.

An annual fall favorite, Play the Animal Way is a Zoo-wide showcase of the creative talents behind the novel objects, smells, sounds and activities that keep animals active, interested and engaged year-round. Species throughout the Zoo will receive exciting treats in their habitats while human guests enjoy special keeper talks and training demos, crafts, character meet-and-greets and themed activities.

Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Check your Zoo map on arrival for details on times and locations.


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