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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, the Mangshan Mountain pit viper! This nocturnal snake species is only found in the mountainous regions of Hunan and Guangdong in Southern China. The elevations are 2,620-4,270. So high! They can be found in the … Continue reading "Shy and beautiful"

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 sisters, may now be seen exploring their habitat at Zoo Atlanta. As they continue to acclimate to their new home, sightings of the pair are not yet guaranteed. Ruby and Rose arrived at Zoo Atlanta … Continue reading "Sightings Alert: Meet Ruby and Rose!"

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 great time to soak up the sun, lay by the pool, and maybe eat a popsicle or two. The carnivores here at the Zoo also enjoy these same activities, even getting a nice frozen treat … Continue reading "A “cold blooded” summer treat"


ATLANTA – May 9, 2023 – It’s a boy! The infant gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has been confirmed to be male, and has been named Willie B., III. The name follows the tradition of his father, Willie B., Jr., and his legendary grandfather, the late Willie B. Born to Shalia on April 24, 2023, the … Continue reading "IT’S A BOY! MEET WILLIE B., III"

Panda Updates- Monday, May 8

As many of you panda fans might have noticed, we have a new structure in one of our dayrooms. This has been a great addition to our indoor space, with multiple levels for the pandas to nap, eat, and play on. The pandas are loving it! It did not take long for them to get … Continue reading "Panda Updates- Monday, May 8"

Celebrating Caretakers

With Easter behind us and spring in full swing, the Bird Team here at Zoo Atlanta has been hard at work managing our growing avian population, as guests and staff eagerly await the arrival of new babies. But as signage continues to surface announcing recent arrivals, I have found myself fixated on the evolution of … Continue reading "Celebrating Caretakers"

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 for many of you. However, the role vultures (and other scavengers) play in stabilizing ecosystems is nothing short of magnificent (not to mention EXTREMELY punk rock). The primary contribution of vultures is removing toxins from … Continue reading "The Real Stomachs of Steel: Vulture Microbiomes"


Infant born to Shalia is first offspring of Willie B., Jr. ATLANTA – April 25, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is overjoyed to announce the birth of an infant to western lowland gorilla Shalia on April 24, 2023. While the new arrival was born around two weeks prior to what was originally anticipated as the opening … Continue reading "WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA"

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 gave you all, Hawkmoth, our 1-year-old Harris hawk who was the star of our naming competition last year, was just learning how to voluntarily weigh and do some small flights indoors. Since then, he has … Continue reading "Hawkmoth grows up to soar"

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 the warmth permeating off his siblings, it was time to wake up! He wriggled free and gave a big mole-rat stretch, took a few steps, and let out a yawn. Today was going to be … Continue reading "Bart the Naked Mole Rat"