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. 

April 13 and 20: Elephants
May 11 and 18: Gorillas
June 15 & 22: Pandas
July 6 & 20: Tiger and Clouded Leopard
August 3 & 31: African Savanna
September 14 & 28: Pandas
October 5 & 12: Gorillas

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

$65 (includes Zoo admission)



April 13 & 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 & 18 and October 5 & 12: 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.

June 15 & 22 and September 14 & 28: 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 programming from our Educators. 

July 6 & 20: Tiger and Clouded Leopard
While their breakfasts might be different, join some carnivorous friends as they investigate and patrol their habitats. Come face-to-face with some of the incredible adaptations that help carnivores survive, and hear from our Animal Care and Education Teams about how we take these adaptations into account while caring for animals including tigers, clouded leopards, and more! 

August 3 & 31: African Savanna 
Graze alongside the animals of the African savanna where you might catch glimpses of zebras, ostriches, giraffe and elephants as they start their day. Learn from our Education and Animal Care Teams about the dynamic relationships between the different species on the savanna and investigate how our teams care for multiple species living together. 

Program is open to all ages, but content is geared to audiences ages 12+. Children 3 and under are free, but must be registered. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • 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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