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A Saturday Of Birds And Blooms

WHAT: The weekend forecast calls for an abundance of birds and blooms on Saturday, April 23, with two special spring events at Zoo Atlanta. Zoo Plant Sale: Green thumbs are invited to browse more than 120 species of perennials; trees and shrubs; vines; ornamental grasses; annuals; houseplants; and herbs hand-selected by Zoo Atlanta horticulturists. Members … Continue reading "A Saturday Of Birds And Blooms"

Tuesday, April 12

April 29, 2015 was just a normal Wednesday for most people, but for me it was a day I will always remember and one of the best of my zookeeping career. While I was doing the morning check of the sloth building, I noticed that Bonnie was sitting in a slightly different position. Wanting to … Continue reading "Tuesday, April 12"

Thursday, April 7

Before I began my internship with the Program Animals Department in January, I didn’t know that this department existed. Like most people, when I thought of the Zoo, the first things that came to mind were the larger animals such as the gorillas, giraffes, elephants and my favourite, the red panda. And like most people, … Continue reading "Thursday, April 7"

Animals Hunt For Easter Surprises

WHO: Animals throughout Zoo Atlanta will discover colorful themed surprises during one of the Zoo’s most popular spring traditions, Gorilla Egg Hunts and More, on Saturday, March 26. WHAT: Can’t-miss events include the Great Gorilla Egg Hunts at 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; giant pandas at 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and orangutans at 2:30 … Continue reading "Animals Hunt For Easter Surprises"

Thursday, March 24

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Omaha, Nebraska for not one, but two professional conferences! The joint Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Chair Meeting was an opportunity for experts from U.S. members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and their counterparts from around the world to come together and talk … Continue reading "Thursday, March 24"

Thursday, March 10

We reptile and amphibian keepers often get asked the same questions over and over. One of the all-time most common questions we get asked at Scaly Slimy Spectacular (especially at feeding time) is: “Why don’t we feed live mice or rats?”  Since this is such an awesome question and, since it’s one that we never … Continue reading "Thursday, March 10"

Tuesday, March 1

Thanks to a generous donation from Katherine and John Gallagher, the Hoofstock Department recently received a tamer for our giraffe barn. What is a tamer, you may ask? It is essentially a fancy chute system that makes it easier and safer for keepers and vet staff to work in close proximity with our giraffes. If … Continue reading "Tuesday, March 1"

$7 Million In New Gifts; $4.3 Million To Go

ATLANTA – Feb. 22, 2016 – With just months remaining to a critical June deadline, Zoo Atlanta announces a new $7 million in gifts to the “A Grand New View: Elephants, Events and Expansion” campaign. New gifts include $3 million from an anonymous donor, the third-largest capital campaign gift in Zoo Atlanta history. Four other … Continue reading "$7 Million In New Gifts; $4.3 Million To Go"

Tuesday, January 19

Next week we are shipping four of our 2014-hatch flamingos to the zoo in West Palm Beach. Easy to write, harder to do. Two issues get in the way of this being easy. The first issue is that it feels like we are sending out our kids. Yup. Sentiment gets in the way of making … Continue reading "Tuesday, January 19"

Tuesday, January 12

  Well, so many great subjects have been talked about lately, where does one begin? Well, to go along with the top questions keepers get asked, here are a couple others: “Are the animals friendly?” “Do you go in with them/play with them?” The answer for most of us is not just a simple “Yes” … Continue reading "Tuesday, January 12"