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THE HOLIDAYS ARE AGLOW AT ZOO ATLANTA

Memorable experiences and meaningful gifts far outlast just one holiday season 

WHAT: Celebrate the season with memories that won’t be discarded with the holiday wrapping. Now entering its fourth week, IllumiNights at the Zoo presented by Georgia Power is a mile-long stroll of nighttime inspirations in the form of more than 200 all-new lanterns showcasing the flora and fauna of the legendary landscapes, undersea realms, mythical skies, and bounteous botanicals that share our planet and our imaginations. Each lantern is artisan-made and hand-painted, resulting in stunning individual works of art. Festive add-ons such as magically lit rides on the Endangered Species Carousel, warm beverages, marshmallow roasting, and the exclusive Elf Power Inc. virtual reality experience combine for a holiday must-do for all ages.  

Open nightly on select evenings through January 14, IllumiNights is made possible with support from Beacon Sponsor SouthState Bank, with additional support from Kaiser Permanente. Due to limited capacity, advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Tickets are available now at zooatlanta.org/illuminights 

For experiences lasting a full year and beyond, Zoo Atlanta’s Holiday Gift Guide offers unique opportunities to fill stockings of all sizes while supporting the care of the hundreds of animals at the Zoo and the conservation of their counterparts in the wild.  

Zoo Atlanta Gift Memberships: Gift recipients enjoy a full year of unlimited free daytime admission; discounted admission for accompanying guests; free or discounted admission to signature events; discounts on All Rides Wristbands, concessions, and gift shop purchases; discounts on family education programs, Wild Encounters, and Safari Camp; discounts on Animal Sponsorships; and reciprocal discounts at participating AZA zoos and aquariums nationwide.  

Gift Memberships come in the form of a convenient e-Gift Card delivered via email at the time of purchase. Add an eco-friendly gorilla or rhino plush for just $20, or add an exclusive limited-time Willie B. III ornament for $15. Only a very limited number of ornaments are available.  

Order Gift Memberships online at zooatlanta.org. Ornament and plush orders must be placed by December 15 to ensure holiday delivery. To have an ornament or plush mailed to a gift recipient, call Member Services at 404.624.5662.  

Animal Wish List: Holiday shoppers who prefer to gift the non-humans have a rewarding opportunity in the Zoo’s Animal Wish List. Purchase an item hand-selected by Zoo Atlanta animal care professionals for a wide variety of species and needs, from fun enrichment items to helpful veterinary technologies. Wish List items are delivered directly to the Zoo. 

Wild Encounter Gift Certificates: Wild Encounters programs offer unforgettable behind-the-scenes experiences. Gift certificates may be applied to Wild Encounters with giant pandas, African elephants, Aldabra tortoises, and lemurs. Program availability is limited.  

Online merchandiseShop Zoo Atlanta’s online gift portal, in partnership with MuzeMerch, for gifts to feel warm and fuzzy about purchasing.  

Sponsor an Animal: Give a loved one the gift of a one-year sponsorship of a favorite species at Zoo Atlanta. Animal Sponsorships are available for African elephants, African lions, giant pandas, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran orangutans, Bornean orangutans, and western lowland gorillas.  

Holiday e-Cards: Celebrate animal fans with a personalized e-Card for a minimum donation of just $5. e-Cards feature exclusive animal images from Zoo Atlanta.  

Year-end Giving: Gifts of all sizes directly benefit the superior care of the animals at Zoo Atlanta and the Zoo’s ability to continue vital conservation efforts and partnerships. All contributions to Zoo Atlanta are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  

Browse and purchase all Holiday Gift Guide options at zooatlanta.org/giftguide.   

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

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rachel Davis
Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office
rdavis@zooatlanta.org

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

About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; 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. Recent transformations include the African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, bontebok, warthogs, meerkats and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

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