NightCrawlers: School (Fall 2019)

Welcome to the African Savanna, home to some of the most recognizable and charismatic creatures on the planet. Join us for an exciting overnight adventure to learn more about elephants, giraffes, lions, ostriches and more. Enjoy engaging activities to better understand how we are connected to these magnificent animals, and learn what Zoo Atlanta is doing to help save wildlife around the world.

Participants will spend the majority of the evening within the Zoo and will sleep in indoor, climate-controlled rooms. A light evening snack and continental breakfast are provided. Stay and enjoy the Zoo the following day after breakfast and morning activities. This program highlights the all-new African Savanna opening in summer 2019 – register now to reserve your night!


Friday, July 12
Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, July 18
Friday, July 19
Thursday, July 25

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Thursday, August 1
Friday, August 2
Saturday, August 3
Friday, August 9
Thursday, August 22
Wednesday, August 28
Thursday, August 29

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Friday, September 6
Saturday, September 7
Wednesday, September 11
Thursday, September 12
Thursday, September 19
Friday, September 20
Thursday, September 26

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Wednesday, October 2
Thursday, October 3
Friday, October 4
Friday, October 11

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Saturday, November 2
Wednesday, November 6
Thursday, November 7
Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Saturday, November 16

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 6:00 p.m. through 9:30 a.m. the next morning




As the largest land animals on the planet, African elephants play a big role on the savanna. From trunks to tusks and ears to toes, spend the night learning all about elephants and their amazing adaptations.

How do you study a giraffe or track a zebra? Get hands-on experience as you discover how scientists do field research in Africa, including radio tracking, photo trapping and field observations. Learn about current research efforts happening in Africa, and find out how Zoo Atlanta is involved.

Everything is connected on the savanna. From the tiny termite to the African elephant, learn about the interesting and sometimes unusual relationships between animals that live in the savanna, and find out why maintaining biodiversity is important for healthy, functioning ecosystems.

Living with lions and elephants on the savanna has its inherent benefits and challenges. Discover the relationship between wildlife conservation efforts in Africa and the livelihoods of local African people. Put yourself in their shoes as we explore the challenges, benefits and opportunities of working with local people to advance conservation efforts for all.

To find out if our NightCrawler program is right for you, please read our NightCrawler Information Packet (PDF) prior to registering. 


  • Group reservations must be made at least 5 weeks prior to program date.
  • Non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at the time of reservation.
  • Minimum group size for NightCrawlers is 20.
  • Membership discounts do not apply.
  • Final headcount is due 4 weeks before your scheduled visit.


  • Payment is due at least 4 weeks prior to the date of your visit. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received.
  • Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your reservation.
  • Collection of funds and payment of all attendees is the responsibility of the group. Payment must be made to the Education Reservations personnel.


  • All cancellations forfeit the $50 deposit.
  • Cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to the program date must pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  • Reschedules must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled program date to avoid fees.
  • Reschedules made less than 2 weeks before original date will result in the loss of the original deposit. Another deposit is required.
  • Educational groups will not receive refunds for rain. For instances of severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822.

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