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Mountain bogs are one of the Southern Appalachians’ most critically endangered habitats, home to species found nowhere else, such as threatened bog turtles, state-protected montane purple pitcher plants and federally-threatened swamp pinks. The Zoo Atlanta Horticulture Team assists the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy in mountain bog restoration. Michaux’s Sumac In addition to bog restoration efforts, the Horticulture Team also assists in safeguarding some of Georgia’s rarest plants. The Conservation Action Resource Center’s (ARC) living roof is a safeguarding site for Rhus michauxii, a critically endangered dwarf sumac.
Reptile and Amphibian Research
Focusing on our diverse population of reptiles and amphibians, as well as working in labs and field sites around the world, Zoo Atlanta has a productive history of herpetological research.
Zoo Atlanta has a diverse population of primates, with multiple species from every major primate group (i.e. lemurs, monkeys and apes). We also have extensive collaborative projects with museums, zoos, and field sites worldwide, including the Great Ape Heart Project.
Giant Panda Research
The primary objective of this study is to quantitatively document the giant panda mother-cub relationship.
More than 2,000 species of frogs, salamanders, and their relatives are in real danger of extinction. Conservation breeding programs are the only realistic hope for many species at this time, especially those suffering the effects of rampaging diseases such as chytridiomycosis.
The African elephant research projects at Zoo Atlanta are multi-faceted and diverse. Topics range from trunk biomechanics to social behaviors.