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Gorilla Egg Hunts and More

Animal enrichment is egg-sighting on Saturday, April 20.

WHAT:
Enrichment is a year-round aspect of animal care at Zoo Atlanta, but on Saturday, April 20, it’s an egg-stravaganza. While opportunities abound for humans to hunt eggs in Atlanta in spring, at Zoo Atlanta, the discoveries are for the animals.

Species around the Zoo will find colorful spring-themed surprises throughout the day on Saturday. The yearly tradition is one of many annual highlights of the Zoo’s robust animal enrichment program in place for all species. A vital component of superior animal care at accredited zoological organizations, enrichment may take the form of objects, foods, scents, feeder puzzles and more, designed to stimulate animals’ natural behaviors and adaptations while promoting their well-being.

The event’s namesake great apes, the western lowland gorillas, will be finding sugar-free Jell-O eggs in their habitats at 10:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Zoo-wide animal activities begin just after the Zoo opens and will continue by species into the day. Visit here for a full list of times, and check the Zoo Atlanta map, also available via mobile, for locations.

Gorilla Egg Hunts and More is free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Animal activities are weather and temperature-permitting.

WHEN:                   
Saturday, April 20, 2019

WHERE:                  
Zoo Atlanta 
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA  30315

CONTACT:         
Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office 
404.309.2238 – cell
rdavis@zooatlanta.org

Gavin Johnson, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office  
gjohnson@zooatlanta.org

ABOUT:                
About Zoo Atlanta
Viewed as one of the finest zoological institutions in the U.S. and a proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Zoo highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, a set of twins born to Lun Lun on September 3, 2016; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, featuring more than 70 species in a 111,000 square-foot complex, is the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian exhibit. The Zoo’s newest experience, Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente, opened in March 2017. Up-close-and-personal animal experiences include behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, African lions, Aldabra giant tortoises, giant pandas and lemurs. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife presentations, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

 

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