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WHAT: Zoo Atlanta will be closed on January 20 due to unseasonably cold temperatures expected throughout the day on Saturday. Check for updates on opening times for Sunday, January 21.   

The Zoo’s grounds will be closed for the safety of visiting Members and guests, but animal care continues regardless of whether the Zoo is open or closed. The safety, well-being, and comfort of the animals are the Zoo’s number-one priorities. Zoo Atlanta has protocols in place year-round for a variety of extreme temperatures and weather events, including unseasonable cold.  

Preparations for unusual temperatures happen in advance, and efforts are already in place to ensure the comfort and safety of every animal in the population. Each species housed at Zoo Atlanta has its own temperature guidelines dependent upon its native region of origin, and as such, these guidelines vary across animal areas.  

The Animal Care Teams monitor weather forecasts well in advance. Preparations for cold include but are not limited to shifting animals into indoor areas and providing access to supplemental heat, nesting, or burrowing materials, depending upon the needs of the species.  

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

Rachel Davis
Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office

Gavin Johnson
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office

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

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