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A lucky number for one of the rarest reptiles

Zoo Atlanta celebrates its most successful breeding season ever for critically endangered Guatemalan beaded lizards.  Thirteen proves to be a lucky number for one of the planet’s rarest reptile species, with Zoo Atlanta’s most successful season ever for hatching Guatemalan beaded lizards. The Zoo has welcomed a total of 13 hatchlings in spring 2017 – … Continue reading "A lucky number for one of the rarest reptiles"

Primate Communication

The human voice clearly is a remarkable phenomenon. The anatomy of our throat and the cognitive abilities of our brain allow us to create an amazing breadth of sounds and imbue them with purposeful subtleties, such as a snarky tone or a singer’s vibrato. Culture, communication, coordination, and perhaps even civilization itself, have all been … Continue reading "Primate Communication"

The 2017 Beastly Feast

THE 2017 BEASTLY FEAST PRESENTED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND Zoo Atlanta’s most spectacular evening of the year returns with “Moon over Kilimanjaro” on May 6 One of the Southeast’s most anticipated black-tie galas returns on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at The Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm … Continue reading "The 2017 Beastly Feast"

Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 19

It seems like it has been ages since I have worked with the youngsters, even though I did get some time to work with them last week. I can’t believe how much they have grown. It seems like it was only yesterday that they were barely learning to walk, and now they are running around … Continue reading "Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 19"

Keeper Stories – Tuesday, April 11

Hello Zoo Atlanta fans! My name is Katherine Biddle, and I am a Seasonal Bird Keeper here at the Zoo. As with any typical bird nerd, I have a love for all things feathered and flying. However, there is a special place in my heart for those that belong to the group known as birds … Continue reading "Keeper Stories – Tuesday, April 11"

Willie B.

A legend in his own time, remembered fondly by generations of Atlantans, and an icon of the transformation of Zoo Atlanta, Willie B. the western lowland gorilla lived at the Zoo from 1961 until his passing in 2000 at the age of 42. Born in Africa, he arrived at the Zoo in 1961. He was … Continue reading "Willie B."


Every life at the Zoo is a story worth sharing, but his story was once told so widely and passionately that it ignited a national movement that touched two coasts. From the jungles of Africa to the shores of the Pacific Northwest to The Ford African Rain Forest at Zoo Atlanta, his life has been a symbol of the way animals shape our lives – and the power we have to shape theirs.

Keeper Stories – Tuesday, April 4

It is amazing how fast time flies, especially as we see our young orangutans grow and develop! I can’t believe it has been almost two years since Keju was born at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Keju’s name means “cheese” in Indonesian, and she was named by the staff at Henry Vilas to honor her Wisconsin … Continue reading "Keeper Stories – Tuesday, April 4"

Keeper Talks

Keeper Talks are free educational conversations between animal experts and our guests. Visitors can enjoy learning about animals from the African savanna all the way to kangaroos of the Australian Outback. Many of these include an opportunity to watch the animals during their feeding times.

Keeper Stories – Thursday, March 23

Snakes! When I bring a snake out during an animal presentation, I usually encounter at least one person who’s a little less than enthusiastic. If you are afraid of snakes, let me start by saying it’s okay; in fact, many other animals have a natural fear of snakes (aside from species like the mongoose, whose … Continue reading "Keeper Stories – Thursday, March 23"