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. 

September 9 & 30: Giant panda
October 7 & 14: Gorillas

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

$65 (includes Zoo admission)


Children under 3 are free. 


September 30: Giant pandas 
Start your day alongside the pandas at Zoo Atlanta, joining them in breakfast (don’t worry, yours won’t be bamboo!) and exploring the world around you. See the hard work that goes into caring for the pandas and chat with the Animal Care Team to hear some of their favorite stories from working with pandas. Explore the world of pandas and our relationship with them over the years through activities and stations created by our Education Team. 

October 7 and October 14: Gorillas
Bring your troop to join us for an interactive breakfast, learning more about how we care for this iconic species and individuals like 4-year-old Floyd and his silverback dad, Taz. As you eat, you’ll watch the gorillas start their morning, exploring their habitat and finding surprises left for them by the Animal Care Team, and then get the opportunity to hear firsthand what it is like to care for gorillas at the Zoo. You might even get a sighting of our newest addition Willie B. III, born in April, and grandson of the late, great Willie B. Throughout the program, spend time with our Education Team and a variety of activities and biofacts to 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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