Rise and Dine with the Animals 

Are you craving some animal time before the Zoo opens to the public?

Join us to Rise and Dine with the Animals, where you can enjoy a continental breakfast* by Proof of the Pudding while also enjoying an early morning view of the animals as they get ready to start their day.


Each program will include an educational component to learn more about the species, time with an Animal Care Professional to hear about the individuals in their care, a memorable takeaway connected to the featured animal, and Zoo admission to stay and enjoy the Zoo at the end of the program. 

*Breakfast will include fruit, yogurt, pastries, coffee, hot tea, and juice. Option to add a mimosa for 21+ guests when you register. 

March 16 and 30: Reptiles and Amphibians
April 13 and 20: Elephants
May 11 and 18: Gorillas

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

$65 (includes Zoo admission)


Children under 3 are free. 


March 16 and 30: Reptiles and Amphibians
Take your breakfast to the next level, surrounded by extremes of the animal kingdom. Dine inside Georgia eXtremes at Scaly Slimy Spectacular with a view of reptiles and amphibians and learn about these incredible creatures through biofacts and activities. You’ll also get the chance to meet some scaly and slimy Animal Ambassadors up close!

April 13 and 20: Elephants
As our elephant herd starts their day, you’ll see them searching the habitat for enrichment and surprises left by the Animal Care Team. Hear from a Zoo Educator about elephants’ amazing adaptations, see and touch biofacts, find out how we care for elephants at Zoo Atlanta, and learn about our partnerships with conservation organizations to save elephants in Africa. After breakfast, meet and chat with one of our Elephant Care Team members before enjoying the rest of your day visiting other animals in the Zoo.

May 11 and 18: Gorillas
Bring your troop to join us for an interactive breakfast and learn more about how we care for this iconic species, including 4-year-old Floyd and his silverback dad, Taz. During breakfast, you’ll watch the gorillas start their morning by searching their habitat for surprises left for them by the Animal Care Team. You’ll have the opportunity to hear firsthand what it is like to care for gorillas at the Zoo from one of our Animal Care Professionals, and Zoo Educators will have activities and biofacts for you to explore as you learn more about gorillas at the Zoo and in the wild.

  • Advance registration required. Program registration includes Zoo admission. 
  • A paid adult must accompany child(ren). 
  • In the event of extreme or inclement weather conditions, you will be contacted by Zoo Atlanta and offered a refund of the program cost, or the opportunity to reschedule.
  • Parking is conveniently located in the lot on Cherokee Avenue and in the new Grant Park Gateway parking facility on Boulevard. These are paid public lots owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by AAA Parking. Rates are $3 an hour for a maximum of $12 a day.

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