Grand New View

A historic transformation is underway

Construction has begun on Grand New View, opening in 2019! Through this transformative project, the historic Cyclorama building will be revitalized and reborn as Savanna Hall, a one-of-a-kind event destination overlooking the wonders of an all-new African savanna, where African elephants and other wildlife will roam new and significantly expanded habitats. Other highlights will include a new grand entry plaza and more. We look forward to continuing to share updates on our progress!

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What to expect

Construction fencing has been erected around the future Savanna Hall and on perimeters within the African Plains zone of the Zoo. During construction, some species in our African animal population, including giraffesostrichwarthogs and zebras, will not be visible to guests, but they’re not leaving the Zoo – they’ll continue to enjoy superior care here on grounds. African elephants will continue to be visible until it’s time for us to begin construction on their current habitat – where exciting new residents will make their debut in 2019. African lions will be visible to guests throughout this time, and meerkats have moved to a new home here at the Zoo near the Wieland Wildlife Home. 

Signs of construction are signs of progress, so please pardon ours! Check your Zoo map to make the most of everything we have to see and do during your visit.

More about our journey …

In summer 2014, the City of Atlanta generously honored Zoo Atlanta with the future stewardship of the Cyclorama building, entrusting Zoo Atlanta with a historic treasure and its immediate surroundings in our beautiful Grant Park. In November 2014, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation awarded the Zoo with a $20 million matching gift for the project, kicking off the launch of our capital campaign. Only 18 months later, ahead of schedule and ahead of expectations, Zoo Atlanta announced that a gift of $2 million from the Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation had closed the gap in the final lap of the campaign. Zoo Atlanta has since raised more than $42.5 million for Grand New View, including 12 gifts of $1 million or more, against an original fundraising goal of $38.1 million.

Getting Here

Crawl, stomp, slither, swim, fly, walk, or drive on over!

Our Members and guests can expect a memorable, educational and engaging experience with each visit to Zoo Atlanta, but we also want to make sure you have the tools you need to get to the Zoo conveniently so that you can devote your time to everything we have to offer.

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Visiting Today?

There's an entire Zoo to explore!

The fact that we’re building a new African savanna, with all-new habitats for elephants, giraffes, zebras and more, is a big deal! But its construction only affects a small portion of the Zoo. There’s an entire Zoo to explore today! Check out the amazing experiences you can enjoy – and the special connections you can make – right now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Campaigns take place over a set period of time with a financial goal established and are used to fund construction or renovation of new exhibits and buildings or other large projects that are essential for the Zoo’s ongoing organizational health and mission fulfillment.

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Animals

African Elephant

Loxodonta africana
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Western Africa Read More

Common Zebra
Returning 2019

Equus quagga
Herbivore At Risk Africa Read More

Common Warthog
Returning 2019

Phacochoerus africanus
Omnivore Not Threatened Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa Read More

Giraffe
Returning 2019

Giraffa camelopardalis
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Africa Read More

Ostrich
Returning 2019

Struthio camelus
Omnivore Not Threatened Africa Read More

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