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RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

There’s no one in the world like Mom, and her Mother’s Day experience should be as one-of-a-kind as she is....
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The timber rattlesnake: a majestic native species

Hello everyone, my name is Evan, and I’m a new Herpetology Keeper here at Zoo Atlanta. I recently moved to...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES TARA STOINSKI TO THE GEOFFREY BOURNE LECTURE SERIES

Dr. Stoinski will present “How Saving Gorillas Helps Save the World” ATLANTA – February 20, 2024 – Zoo Atlanta is...
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Fiber Animals

Hello! Haley from Outback Station, here! As winter is starting to come toward an end, I have been getting a...
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Springing into action for native wildlife

It’s a lovely morning at the Zoo. Although there’s still a chill in the air, I can feel the promise...
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REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE FOURTH-ANNUAL RUN LIKE WILD 5K

Ready, set, run for a cause on April 27 ATLANTA – February 1, 2024 – Registration is now open for...
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Positive reinforcement training with gorillas

Hello everyone, Holly from the Gorilla Care Team here. I wanted to take this time to tell you about a very...
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APPLY FOR SEASONAL AND PART-TIME POSITIONS AT THE ZOO ATLANTA JOB FAIR

Pre-apply and bring a résumé for a one-on-one interview with a hiring manager on February 8 WHAT: Dependable, enthusiastic, and...
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Do turtles play?

Hi Everyone! It’s Dr. Joe Mendelson, the Director of Research here at Zoo Atlanta, and today we’re talking about some...
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IT’S A GIRL! SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO CALF CONFIRMED TO BE FEMALE

Milestone is the latest for the herd at the soon-to-be-named Delta Air Lines Rhino Habitat ATLANTA – January 23, 2024...
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ZOO ATLANTA WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

WHAT: Zoo Atlanta will be closed on January 20 due to unseasonably cold temperatures expected throughout the day on Saturday....
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How does it feel to be able to repatriate a species?

While some of you may already be aware of this and some of you not, I recently spent a couple...
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Lizards from Zoo Atlanta will help wild populations

In an outstanding example of collaboration for the conservation of one of the world’s rarest lizard species, 11 endangered Guatemalan...
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Catching up with the bintlets

Hello from the Carnivore Department! The Zoo’s lions, tigers, and bears get a lot of attention for being big and...
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Looking Forward in 2024

Happy New Year, Zoo Atlanta Community! As we begin another revolution around the sun, we have so much to look...
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Winter breeding season in the bird world

It’s breeding season in the bird world! While most bird species tend to lay eggs in the spring, some of...
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Welfare Research Applied

Over this past year, some of our blog topics have discussed how we conduct research, how data can provide insight...
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SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Special Christmas Eve delivery is the first southern white rhinoceros ever born at Zoo Atlanta  ATLANTA – December 25, 2023...
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The “festive lizard”

Hello everyone! To be honest, I’ve had a little bit of “writer’s block” in trying to come up with a...
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THE HOLIDAYS ARE AGLOW AT ZOO ATLANTA

Memorable experiences and meaningful gifts far outlast just one holiday season  WHAT: Celebrate the season with memories that won’t be...
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Extending our conservation impact

Although we’ve learned about a variety of Zoo Atlanta’s conservation partnerships this year, we’ve only covered a fraction of the...
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Our very own Grinch: A holiday success story

I’m back with another iteration of revamped holiday fun! This is where I take a well-known, beloved holiday (aka Christmas...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES BOB THE SUMATRAN TIGER

Year-old male represents one of the world’s rarest big cat species   ATLANTA – November 30, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is...
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Who are you calling a turkey?

Thanksgiving means many things to many people, but the core of the holiday is a big meal shared with family...
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NANGKA EXPLORES OUTDOOR HABITAT WITH ADOPTIVE MOM MADU

Nangka, the 6-month-old infant Sumatran orangutan who arrived at Zoo Atlanta on September 8, has recently embarked on his latest...
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HOLIDAY WONDERS ARE BACK WITH THE RETURN OF ILLUMINIGHTS

Nighttime festival presented by Georgia Power features more than 200 all-new lanterns WHAT: The holidays glow with the return of...
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So you want to be an Elephant Care Intern?

Hi all! It’s Caleb with the Elephant Care Team again! Regularly, young students ask us how to be a professional...
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How Do Giraffes Sleep?

Did you know that of all land mammals, giraffes are among the species requiring the least sleep? As a prey...
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ABCD…ESA…FWS…

Earlier this year, some of my colleagues introduced you to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and highlighted some...
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Looking out for autumn hitchhikers

Hello everyone! And happy no longer false autumn! Now that the weather is getting into what we around here would...
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HELP NAME BRAMBLE’S BINTLETS

Voting begins today to choose monikers for two of the three binturongs born to Bramble on August 31 ATLANTA –...
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Real-life inspirations for famous cryptids?

Ghoulish greetings, everyone! I’m Sarah and I work in our Ambassador Animals Department. This time of year is always so...
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Growing up copperhead

On October 1, our Herpetology Team was excited to find that our female copperhead had given birth to 14 babies!...
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RESERVATIONS GOING FAST FOR COOKIES WITH SANTA

Santa makes a ho-ho-holiday stop at the Zoo on December 2 and 3   WHAT: Reservations are flying away faster...
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Conspecific Social Organization

Since the 1970s, zoos have made large strides in improving the welfare of the animals in our care. Closely aligning...
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A Tale of Three Bintlets

It’s been a little while since we discussed the Zoo’s baby binturongs, or bintlets if you prefer. A lot has happened...
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A HEARTWARMING UPDATE ON NANGKA THE SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN

Nangka, the 5-month-old infant Sumatran orangutan who arrived at Zoo Atlanta on September 8, has found a new chapter with...
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Who are those mysterious orange monkeys?

Hello everyone. My name is James, and I am one of the newest members of our Small Primate Team here...
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BOO AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA NATURAL GAS

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival is back for four magical days for the whole family WHAT: Atlanta’s favorite fun...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES DAKARI THE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO

16-year-old female will become the newest member of the herd in the Zoo’s rhino complex ATLANTA – October 13, 2023...
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Building the nest: taveta golden weavers

If there’s any species in the animal kingdom that knows about high-stakes home building, it’s taveta golden weavers. Taveta golden...
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ILLUMINIGHTS AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA POWER

Chinese Lantern Festival lights up the holiday season starting November 16 ATLANTA – October 5, 2023 – One of Atlanta’s...
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Slashing through limits

Lila Szweda, Exhibit Interpreter Zoo Atlanta is part of a thriving community. Behind the animals and the team members you...
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TURTLES CAN DO WHAT?!

As is often the case in biology, if you hear of some weird phenomenon, there may well be a sound...
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Designing a new snake habitat

This is Claire from the Herpetology Team. If you’ve been up to Scaly Slimy Spectacular, then you’ve seen our cool...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES WEMBE THE PLAINS ZEBRA

New arrival will ultimately be joined by a companion on the Zoo’s African Savanna ATLANTA – September 26, 2023 –...
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So you want to be an animal care professional?

My name is AJ, and I am a member of the Hoofstock Animal Care Team! Last time I wrote, we...
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Armadillo Enrichment

Hello, my name is Rachael and I am a member of the Ambassador Animals Team here at Zoo Atlanta. The...
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NEW CHAPTER FOR INFANT SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN NANGKA

4-month-old from Sacramento Zoo will be introduced to Zoo Atlanta’s nationally renowned veteran adoptive mother Madu   ATLANTA – September 11,...
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BINTURONGS BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Squirrel-sized “bintlets” will remain behind the scenes for several weeks ATLANTA – September 8, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is excited...
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The wrinkled hornbill: A fascinating forest dweller

In the dense rainforests of Southeast Asia, a peculiar and captivating bird takes to the skies with its distinct appearance...
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It’s All in the Family

Have you ever made a family tree? You know, the diagram that uses horizontal lines to connect siblings and vertical...
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Remembering Biji

Hello again from Caitlin on the Orangutan Team!  It has been an emotional month for us orangutan caretakers, as we...
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Cognitive Bias

In our last blog post, we talked about some of the methodologies we use to study animal welfare. We often...
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Continuing education at the Felid TAG Conference

Last month, the Zoo’s Lead Keeper of Carnivores and I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Felid Taxon Advisory...
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The Delta Team: Conservation’s Cutest Heroes

Our most recent Conservation Blog introduced you to one of our most significant conservation partnerships: Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), a...
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ZOO ATLANTA SADDENED BY LOSS OF FOUNDING MEMBER OF ORANGUTAN POPULATION

ATLANTA – August 10, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is deeply saddened to share news of the passing of an original...
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WEAR WILLIE B. FOREVER WITH EXCLUSIVE RETRO T-SHIRT

Limited-time shirt fundraiser commemorates the late legend WHAT: Celebrate memories of the legendary late Willie B. with a limited-time Willie...
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The art of training

As some of you might know, one of our animal experiences here at Zoo Atlanta is the opportunity to watch...
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Conservation South Luangwa: Protecting elephants

In the eastern region of the country of Zambia, in southern Africa, lies the Luangwa Valley. This vast wilderness is...
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CITY OF ATLANTA AND FULTON COUNTY FAMILY DAYS PRESENTED BY PNC

WHAT: Zoo Atlanta will host City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days presented by PNC on Saturday and Sunday,...
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A milestone a minute for Willie B. III

Hello! My name is Sherri, and I am a member of the Gorilla Care Team. I have been here at...
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ZOO ATLANTA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON VETERINARY COMPLEX

The Rollins Animal Health Center will be a new center of excellence for veterinary care, technology, and scientific collaboration ATLANTA...
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Exactly how many ears do frogs have?

Ask any child what sound a frog makes, and you’ll get an adorable, enthusiastic croaked “Ribbit” probably matched with a...
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“Swinging” from feathers to scales

Amphibians, reptiles, and birds! Oh my! Earlier this year, Zoo Atlanta created their first Herpetology/Bird Department Swing Keeper role, and...
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TRAVEL THE GLOBE AT WILD WORLD WEEKEND

Two-day cultural heritage festival will feature live music, dance, and more from countries and continents around the world WHAT: Travel...
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Rounding Down Rattlesnake Roundups

Our most recent Conservation Blog introduced some of our amazing reptile-centric conservation partnerships (if you missed it, check it out here),...
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Flamingo nesting season: A marvel of nature

The Chilean flamingo, scientifically known as Phoenicopterus chilensis, is one of the six flamingo species found worldwide. With its distinctive pink...
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Book Drive for Hindi’s Libraries

Donate new or gently used children’s books at the Zoo from July 22 through July 29 ATLANTA – July 18,...
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GET TICKETS TO SAVANNA NIGHTS: SUPERHERO NIGHT

Second installment of after-hours summer series takes flight July 21 WHAT:                   Limited time remains to get tickets to the...
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Conservation: true generational wealth

One of the most beautiful things in the world is compound interest. The ability to invest in something and have...
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Training with Cannoli

Hi, my name is Roxanne and I am an Ambassador Animal Keeper here at Zoo Atlanta. Ever heard the expression...
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Learning more about sloths

Hi! I’m Channing, and I’m one of the newest faces on the Small African Primate and Sloth Care Team. Prior...
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Recycle your cells for chinchillas!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ve almost certainly heard us mention ECO-CELL, an organization that helps species affected...
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What should you do if you find a baby bird?

With the end of June nearing and July just around the corner, you may have noticed the native birds being...
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FATHER’S DAY SURPRISE! SLOTH BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

ATLANTA – June 19, 2023 – Cocoa, a 30-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth at Zoo Atlanta, became a dad again on...
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Assessing the big picture in animal well-being

In our last Animal Science Blog, we examined how observations can provide useful insight into animal behavior. Watching animals and...
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ZOO ATLANTA WILL CELEBRATE “WILLIE B. DAY”

Special Gorilla Keeper Talks, interactive educational activities, and a chance to spot Willie B. III on June 18 ATLANTA –...
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Making Change for Wildlife

What happens when you visit the Zoo? Maybe you get to see a type of animal you’ve never encountered before,...
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Salva lo que amas!

Hello everyone!  It’s Kelly here, Lead Keeper of the Herpetology Team. This past March I got the amazing opportunity to...
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR SAVANNA NIGHTS

After-hours summer series kicks off June 23 with the first of three themed monthly evenings ATLANTA – June 1, 2023...
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Step by step with Rose the red-tailed hawk

Last time you heard from Ambassador Animals, it was all about Hawkmoth the Harris hawk’s training and how he recently...
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VENTURE INTO THE JUNGLE OF RWANDA WITH GORILLA TREK

All-new 360° VR experience takes guests on a live-action adventure ATLANTA – May 25, 2023 – Members and guests at Zoo Atlanta...
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Quantity assessment in animals

When I first joined Zoo Atlanta, almost 20 years ago, one of the things I was excited about was the...
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Planning a mixed-species aviary

Hello everyone! This is Birds Josh! One of the greatest parts of being a bird keeper is the diversity of...
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KIAZI THE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO IS EXPECTING!

Special holiday season delivery will be the first southern white rhinoceros ever born at Zoo Atlanta ATLANTA – May 23,...
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THE DEBUT OF WILLIE B. LEGACY LAGER

Tickets are going fast for longtime signature beer festival tradition ATLANTA – May 18, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta’s longtime signature...
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Cautious Caffeinating

If you caught our most recent Conservation Blog, you’re up to speed on the amazing roles birds play in our...
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Endangered Species Day matters more than ever

Double your conservation contribution May 19-21; learn more about the 2023 Quarters for Conservation projects ATLANTA – May 16, 2023...
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A legacy continues

Hello Zoo Atlanta friends and fans! I’m Kaitlyn, and I’m one of the new members of the Gorilla Care Team....
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Shy and beautiful

Hello everyone! I would like to tell you a little bit about one of my favorite pit vipers of all-time,...
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Sightings Alert: Meet Ruby and Rose!

2-year-old sisters are now exploring their new home in Zoo Atlanta’s Asian Forest Ruby and Rose, two new red panda...
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A “cold blooded” summer treat

Hi everyone, my name is Erin, and I’m a Seasonal Carnivore Keeper. With the weather getting warmer, this is a...
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IT’S A BOY! MEET WILLIE B., III

ATLANTA – May 9, 2023 – It’s a boy! The infant gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has been confirmed to be...
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Celebrating Caretakers

With Easter behind us and spring in full swing, the Bird Team here at Zoo Atlanta has been hard at...
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The Real Stomachs of Steel: Vulture Microbiomes

We imagine that when envisioning the beauty of nature, vultures may not be the first image that springs to mind...
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WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Infant born to Shalia is first offspring of Willie B., Jr. ATLANTA – April 25, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is...
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Hawkmoth grows up to soar

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be here with your most recent Hawkmoth update! In the last update I...
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Bart the Naked Mole Rat

Inspired by a true story. Bart awoke engulfed in a pile of his slumbering friends and family. While he enjoyed...
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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Zoo Atlanta Volunteers lead by example and encourage others to give back to wildlife, conservation, and the community National Volunteer...
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In your own backyard: native plants and you

When you think of zoos and conservation, you likely think of efforts to save animals. And rightly so- if you’ve...
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Giant panda program update

Zoo Atlanta has received questions on the giant panda program and specifically, on plans for the twins Ya Lun and...
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Happy 8th Birthday Keju!

Hi it’s Emily from the Orangutan Team, and I’m here to share with you some exciting news about our youngest...
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“Is that bird dead?”

Believe it or not, this is a question we hear a lot in the Bird Department, particularly in the summer....
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The fascinating subfamily Polydectinae

Hark, O readers of the Keeper Stories! I—Daniel!—have returned! And this time we’re going to talk about boxer crabs. Why...
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Upcoming travels for warthogs and zebra

Four members of Zoo Atlanta’s African Savanna are ready to start exciting new chapters. Warthog sisters Daphne, Eloise, and Penelope...
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April’s showers bring a blog about plants?

That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. This romantic sentence from Romeo...
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Cognition in Reptiles

Reptiles just don’t get an even break in the public’s consciousness sometimes. For centuries, the public, and many biologists have...
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RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

WHAT: There’s no one in the world like Mom, and her Mother’s Day experience should be equally one-of-a-kind. Elegant spaces...
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Fostering a hooded vulture chick

Zoo Atlanta is home to four critically endangered hooded vultures: Baobob, Marula, Tai, and Acacia. Hooded vultures are found in...
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Safari Camp Scholarship Program

Applications are available now for children from Title One Schools in metro Atlanta ATLANTA – March 16, 2023 – Zoo...
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The power of a quarter

Under the driver’s seat of your car right now, there is probably a small metallic disc.  It’s mostly copper.  There...
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Talking about turacos

Today I’d like to spend some time talking about the turacos. You may have noticed these personable birds in our...
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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BOG TURTLES HATCH

Quarter-sized hatchlings are ambassadors for one of Georgia’s most threatened wild places ATLANTA – March 9, 2023 – A pair...
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Why do binturongs smell like popcorn?

Of the 200+ species we steward here at Zoo Atlanta, binturongs are perhaps one of the least known. These adorable...
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Preparing for a baby gorilla

Hey friends! I hope you are all doing well and thriving. My name is Allie, and I am a gorilla...
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Educator Appreciation Day and Biomechanics Day

Educator Appreciation Day offers free admission for educators; Biomechanics Day invites people of all ages to explore animals in motion...
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Iguanas!

Hark, O reader of the Keeper Blogs! I—Daniel!—have come to talk about iguanas. And not just any iguanas, but some...
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A new giraffe greeting

Hi friends! My name is Katelyn, and I am on the Hoofstock Care Team here at Zoo Atlanta. If you...
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ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE BIRDS, BACKYARDS, AND BEYOND CONTEST

Citizen scientists documented sightings of more than 55 bird species between February 17 and 24 ATLANTA – February 28, 2023...
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Black American Trailblazers in Conservation

February is Black History Month. Throughout this month, people around the nation have celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans in...
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WELCOME RUBY AND ROSE THE RED PANDAS

Two-year-old sisters will be visible to Members and guests in coming weeks ATLANTA – February 24, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta...
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The story of tadpoles

As a rule, one cannot make many generalizations about most aspects of reproduction in amphibians; their reproductive habits simply are...
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What is an AZA Institution?

In our most recent Conservation Blog, we spoke a bit about our partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums...
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JACKIE THE RED PANDA WILL SOON DEPART ON A NEW ADVENTURE

ATLANTA – February 15, 2023 – Jackie, the red panda at Zoo Atlanta, will soon be off on a new...
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Be my Valentine: animal kingdom style

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A whole day of the year dedicated to love. Most of the humans I have encountered have some...
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JOIN THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT!

Become a citizen scientist and win your own Catio or birding experience in Zoo Atlanta’s Birds, Backyards, and Beyond Contest...
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These goats are made for walking

If you’ve been keeping up with the wonderful world of our petting zoo population, you’re likely familiar with Pickles, Avocado,...
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The storied life of Ros the king vulture

An exciting thing happened this week in the Bird Department! Our own Queen B, Roswell the king vulture, laid an...
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REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE THIRD-ANNUAL RUN LIKE WILD 5K

Get set to run for reticulated giraffes on April 22 ATLANTA – February 2, 2023 – Ready, set, run! Registration...
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Excellent Acronyms

No matter where you work, there are probably some acronyms and terminology that you use that people outside of your...
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A shoutout to our Volunteers!

Hey all, I’m Erin, a member of the Orangutan Care Team here at the Zoo. I want to use this...
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Be a part of our partnerships: Get involved with the Zoo

In our first Conservation Blog of the year, we announced our 2023 Conservation theme: Partnerships. Put simply, this year’s Conservation Blogs...
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APPLY FOR SEASONAL AND PART-TIME POSITIONS AT THE ZOO ATLANTA JOB FAIR

Bring a résumé for a one-on-one interview with a hiring manager on February 9 WHAT: Dependable, enthusiastic, and outgoing job...
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The beautiful and extraordinary mossy frog

Hey y’all, I’m Ben from the Herpetology Department at Zoo Atlanta. Today, I’m going to tell you about one of...
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The Guatemalan beaded lizard and its complete genome

Zoo Atlanta is renowned for our conservation breeding program for what is arguably the most endangered lizard species in the...
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2022 Research Accomplishments

A genome of one of the world’s most endangered lizard species was the first ever assembled. A new look at...
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New year, new career experiences

Hi everybody! As we have just entered into the new year, I have come to realize that we are that much...
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VulPro Update

Did you know that 25 cents of every Zoo Atlanta general admission ticket benefits programs for wildlife? Check out an...
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Last chance to experience IllumiNights at the Zoo

Chinese Lantern Festival closes for the season after January 15 WHAT: The coming nights are Atlanta’s last chances to experience...
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What is conservation?

It’s a word you probably encounter every time you visit the Zoo or read something we post online, but what...
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New year, new ways to support backyard birds

As the new year begins, it’s a good time to start thinking about the ways we can help the world...
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Great news for the Big Cat Safety Act!

A storm is coming. A real storm.  Not the kind of storm that you sit on your back porch and...
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WILLIE B., JR. WILL BE A FATHER!

Female Shalia is expecting ATLANTA – December 27, 2022 – In an exciting continuation of a uniquely Atlanta legacy, the...
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So much more than that

The zoo world is an interesting organism, both literally and figuratively. From the outside looking in it is entertainment, conservation...
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Zoo Atlanta closed December 23 and December 24

Zoo Atlanta will be closed for regular operations on Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24. IllumiNights will also be...
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Carbon Offset Guide

It’s the last Conservation Blog of 2022! The end of the year is always a poignant time as we look...
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Hamerkop Nest Deconstruction

Our hamerkops Hammy and Penny have moved into their “winter home!” As a native species to Sub-Saharan African and coasts...
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ZOO ATLANTA MOURNS LOSS OF SPARKY THE TIGER

The Zoo Atlanta family is saddened to announce the passing of Sparky, an 18-year-old male Sumatran tiger, on December 14,...
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Baby(ies) on board!

Hi there! I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite snake species we have here at Zoo Atlanta!...
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New Conservation Commitment for Five International Programs

Projects for red pandas, clouded leopards, slender-snouted crocodiles, drill monkeys, and western lowland gorillas will be funded in 2023 by...
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Happy (& healthy) holidays

Excuse me, but how can it possibly be December already? Surely it hasn’t been a whole year (okay, fine, 11...
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Why I’m thankful

Hey all! I thought with the holiday season in full force, it would be a great time to focus on...
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Zoo Atlanta’s Holiday Gift Guide has inspirations for every animal lover

WHAT: The season’s most appreciated gifts last far longer than a single holiday season. Gifts from Zoo Atlanta create memories,...
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It’s not easy being green!

Perhaps you were not aware that Zoo Atlanta has a Green Team – although as loud and pushy as we...
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Avian weaponry

Down in the Lower Zoo lives a fascinating little bird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles). These Australia natives are members...
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Joining Zoo Atlanta’s Orangutan Care Team

Hello everyone! My name is Jake Bedenbaugh, and I am the newest member of the Orangutan Care Team here at...
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The awesome ostrich

Hey there! Hoofstock Keeper Cory checking in here. I wanted to share some cool facts about the largest birds in...
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Tips for Holiday Sustainability

It’s hard to believe how fast this year has passed, and that we have already arrived at the holiday season!...
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Sharing a passion for venomous snakes

Hey everyone!  This is Ash from the Herpetology Department back to tell you about a recent professional development opportunity that...
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How smart are Kunekune pigs?

Here at the Zoo, we’re honored to have some of the Earth’s most intelligent species in our stewardship. You may...
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“A chili plant and a bee stop an elephant from walking into a farm …”

You’re on the front porch of your home in a swing, and steam rises from a warm cup of coffee...
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Meet the Gremlins!

With Halloween at our backs and the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to talk about one of the...
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Halloween Research Edition! Vampires and other monsters

Scientists don’t have much patience for myths, science fiction, or pseudo-science. Legends inspire us, but irritate our sense of orderly...
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The story of the Bali mynah

When you first see a Bali mynah (aka Bali starling), your first impression will be of a small white starling...
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Trick or T[h]reat?: keeping your haunted house safe for wildlife

We are entering the holiday season marathon friends! For many of us, one of the best ways to get in...
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Celebrate World Gorilla Day every day

Hey everyone, it’s Holly from the Gorilla Care Team! Recently, we celebrated World Gorilla Day on September 24. What exactly...
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BOO AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA NATURAL GAS

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival is back for four magical days in October WHAT: Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween...
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Studying behavior to understand animals’ wants and needs

Let’s be real, human-animal communication can be complicated! The largest issue being that we don’t speak the same languages. So...
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Will it be a match made in binturong heaven?

Hi. I’m Shauna, and I’m a member of the Carnivore Team here at Zoo Atlanta. You may not know, but animals, as with...
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR COOKIES WITH SANTA

Santa makes his annual holiday stop at the Zoo on December 3 and 4 WHAT: Tickets are on sale now...
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Celebrating Croctober

Greetings from Scaly Slimy Spectacular! We are celebrating Croctober here at Zoo Atlanta, featuring our two west African slender-snouted crocodiles...
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Sven and the Mysterious Nutrition Kitchen

By Robert Amrhein, Keeper III Ambassador Animals Illustrations by Summit St. John, Ambassador Animals Intern One day two, fluffy, sheep...
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Say ‘Boo!’ to zoonosis

Just in time for spooky season, you can now catch a glimpse of Casper at Zoo Atlanta! No, not that Casper. He’s...
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Reptile learning

Reptile learning and cognition – not something many people think of when they see an anole run across their garden...
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All about food

Hi everyone, it’s Claire from the Bird Team! Today I wanted to teach you about our birds’ diets. We’ve all...
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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ILLUMINIGHTS AT THE ZOO

Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season, with the splendors of nature in lights ATLANTA – September 22, 2022...
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Changing seasons at the Zambezi Elephant Center

It’s been a quiet week at the Zambezi Elephant Center. As summer (erroneously referred to as “the busy season”) winds...
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It’s called [sustainable] fashion!

Fall is just around the corner, and if, like me, you’re getting excited for crisp-weather fashion (knits, outerwear, boots… I...
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Zoo Atlanta’s new colobus baby

It’s Caroline from the Small Primate Team. You may have heard that we have a new Angolan colobus baby. This...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES CASPER THE BONTEBOK

New to the Zoo, his species represents a dramatic and unusual conservation turnaround Zoo Atlanta is pleased to welcome Casper,...
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LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS TO SIPPIN’ SAFARI

Sampling of more than 50 wines, a Spice Girls tribute band on the main stage, and more on September 17...
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Why do lions sleep so much?

If you pass by the lion habitat at midday, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find Hondo, Azizi, and Hatari...
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Dodos are gone, but who are their relatives?

When you think of animals that went extinct in the past few centuries, what animal comes to mind? Most likely...
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THE ONLY GIANT PANDA TWINS IN THE U.S. CELEBRATE SIXTH BIRTHDAY

Giant panda twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun turned 6 on September 3, 2022. On Saturday, September 10, the Panda...
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Biodiversity and Human Health

“There are worlds within worlds…Everything in our world is connected by the delicate strands of the web of life, which...
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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES MALFOY AND STRAWBERRY THE WRINKLED HORNBILLS

Endangered species is new to the Zoo with significant conservation messages   ATLANTA – September 8, 2022 – Zoo Atlanta...
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Birthday “cakes” for our hoofed friends

Hi everyone, I’m Kennedy, and I recently completed a rotation as a Seasonal Hoofstock Keeper here at the Zoo. I’m...
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The wonderful world of orangutan enrichment

Hey there fellow animal enthusiasts! Caitlin from the Orangutan Care Team, here to talk a little more about the enrichment...
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The joys of Anaka!

Hey y’all, and welcome to another addition of Keeper Stories. My name is Sara Fee, and I’m a Senior Keeper...
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From Outback to Carnivores

Hello! It’s Carnivore Keeper Adrianna here for today’s Keeper Stories! If you know a little bit about me, you know...
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It’s flamingo hatching season!

You know breeding season is in full swing when everything in the flamingo habitat is covered in mud, including the...
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The Mighty Pirate

Imagine you are dressed up like a pirate, eye patch and all, and you decide to visit the Zoo.  Would...
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A successful summer at Amy’s Tree Theater

I am beyond proud of our Wieland Wildlife Home Team this past summer season! Memorial Day weekend we debuted a...
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Vegetarian Cookbooks for the Plant-Based Curious

Hi Everyone! Brooke from the Public Relations Team here. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we...
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Habitat updates for our scaly friends

Hi everyone!  It’s Kelly from Herpetology! Walking around the Zoo, you may have noticed some changes going on in the...
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What’s in a rhino horn?

Many of you already know that last year, our southern white rhinoceros Mumbles got a new companion! Kiazi arrived from...
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Celebrating World Elephant Day together

Hi everyone! Caleb with the Elephant Care Team here, once again! August 12 is World Elephant Day, an international event...
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Meet Avocado, Wasabi, and Pickles!

Hello! I’m Becky, the Associate Curator of Ambassador Animals. That means I get the privilege of working with the team...
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What is an extinction vortex?

Sounds like a bad 80s hair band, but it’s something far worse There are some things that are plainly true...
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The horn of the hornbill: what’s it for?

Hornbills are a fascinating group of birds. While these long-beaked animals might superficially resemble toucans, the hornbill family (Bucerotidae) is...
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GOLDEN LION TAMARIN DAY BRINGS A NEW COMMITMENT

Partnership with Golden Lion Tamarin Association is a continuation of a conservation success story ATLANTA – August 2, 2022 –...
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Skin: An Additional Tool for the Versatile Elephant Trunk

Zoo Atlanta is very proud to have partnered with doctoral student Andrew Schulz of the Georgia Institute of Technology on...
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Composting 101

Our last Conservation Blog gave some great pointers on how to eat sustainably this summer. This week, we’re keeping the...
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Quarters for Conservation: Vulpro

Hi, I’m Christina, Lead Keeper in Ambassador Animals and the Quarters for Conservation Champion for Vulpro, one of the three organizations benefiting...
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Resources and Social Structures in Juvenile Tortoises

A couple months ago, we posted a Research Blog outlining Zoo Atlanta’s longtime research partnerships with local universities. These partnerships...
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What’s it like when the Zoo’s closed?

With all the uncertainty going on in the world right now, one thing that is certain is that COVID-19 is...
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Green blood?!

In our mammal-oriented existence, as mammals ourselves, it’s easy to get lazy and assume that all animals function like some...
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Panda Updates- Monday, March 4

Spring is almost upon us, and in the next several weeks, you’ll get a chance to see the pandas eating bamboo shoots. That...
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Panda Updates- Monday, February 26

We often get asked what giant panda play behaviors look like. If you have ever had the chance to see...
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Panda Updates- Friday, February 16

Did you know that even if giant pandas will not be breeding, that we still see behaviors associated with breeding...
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Panda Updates- Thursday, February 8

We wanted to use today’s update to talk a little bit about the pandas’ diets. Bamboo is, of course, the vast...
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In time for Valentine’s Day, some vulture love

Hi Keeper Stories Readers! I’m Josh. One of Zoo Atlanta’s friendly neighborhood Bird Keepers and I’m here to share a...
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