Now Open! Treetop Trail
Now Open: Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente; The Zoo Atlanta experience climbs to new heights with the grand opening of an all-new aerial playground
ATLANTA – March 21, 2017 – Spring brings new adventures in zipping, zigging, zagging, balancing and climbing – stories above the ground – with the grand opening of Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente on March 21, 2017. The course, made possible with additional support from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, is a two-level challenge culminating in a zip line in the Zoo’s KIDZone.
“We’re excited to celebrate the first official week of spring with yet another reason to visit the Zoo and spend time outside surrounded by the animal species it’s so important for us to protect. Treetop Trail will not only give visitors a new appreciation for the amazing skills and adaptations of tree-dwelling animals, but will also introduce a new opportunity to highlight the fact that Zoo Atlanta is a destination for all ages,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We’re very grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, and to our partners at the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority for their commitment to encouraging healthy, active outdoor activities for families.”
Whether they have the effortless agility of an orangutan or prefer the slower and stealthier approach of a green tree python, guests can traverse the course at their own pace as they navigate a series of rope ladders, bridges, nets and tightrope-style foot lines, all the while safely secured and tethered with full-body harness and lanyard to a continuous overhead tracking system.
Treetop Trail features 22 different course elements at varying degrees of challenge level. Future updates to the experience will include themes that promote education of the lifestyles and natural abilities of arboreal wildlife.
The Zoo’s KIDZone is also home to a large playground; Zoo train; endangered species carousel; Canopy Climber and rock-climbing wall; and Splash Fountain presented by Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, which reopens for the season on April 1. The destinations form the gateway to the Orkin Children’s Zoo, home to Australian wildlife and the sheep, goats and pigs of the Outback Station petting zoo.
Treetop Trail will be open to Zoo visitors of all ages, but children must be 48 inches tall to participate without an adult chaperone. Tickets to the course, which will be available as an add-on to Zoo admission, are $10.95 for Zoo Atlanta Members; $13.95 for non-Members. Learn more or plan your visit on zooatlanta.org.
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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; North America’s largest zoological population 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, Aldabra giant tortoises, giant pandas and warthogs. Zoo Atlanta is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.