Events

Zoo Atlanta offers a wide variety of day sponsorships which allow companies to market directly to consumers in a fun and uncluttered environment. These events include: special animal demonstrations, storytellers, raffles, live music, discounted admission offers, etc. The events are tailored to meet the marketing objectives of our corporate partners and result in maximum marketing exposure.

Contact Info:

Email: specialevents@zooatlanta.org 

Phone: 404.624.5650

Fax: 404.624.2819

Boo at the Zoo

It’s that time of year when Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns!

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SAY HELLO TO ZURI!

The first southern white rhino calf ever born at Zoo Atlanta has a name! Rhino Naming Madness concluded on April...

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Working with amazing orangutans

My name is Danielle Schauer, and I am currently an Orangutan Keeper at Zoo Atlanta. Since becoming an animal care...

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Catching up with the binturong family

Hey everyone! Christina here from the Carnivore Care Team. If you have been to the Zoo lately, you might have...

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Who Run the (Natural) World: Girls

Happy Women’s History Month! While I’m in awe of women every single day, I’m grateful for a designated month to...

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What does a business trip look like for us?

Hello, it’s McKenzie, Senior Keeper in the Ambassador Animals Department, and I’m here to tell you a bit about professional...

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ZOO ATLANTA TO PROVIDE SAFARI CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MORE THAN 40 CHILDREN

Applications are open now for children from Title One Schools in metro Atlanta   ATLANTA – March 15, 2024 – Zoo...

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It Takes a Team

“You work where!?” It’s a common response to telling someone you work at a zoo. It’s often followed by another...

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RHINO NAMING MADNESS BEGINS TODAY

Submit name suggestions now for the Rhino Sweet Sixteen Bracket ATLANTA – March 7, 2024 – Zoo Atlanta’s rhino calf...

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Why bird-friendly coffee is the way to go

All right, let’s talk about coffee, but not just any coffee – we’re diving into the world of bird-friendly brews....

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Celebrating learning, science, and discovery on Mar. 9

Celebrate learning, science, and discovery at Educator Appreciation Day and Biomechanics Day on Saturday, March 9, 2024, with two special...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES TARA STOINSKI TO THE GEOFFREY BOURNE LECTURE SERIES

Dr. Stoinski will present “How Saving Gorillas Helps Save the World” ATLANTA – February 20, 2024 – Zoo Atlanta is...

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Fiber Animals

Hello! Haley from Outback Station, here! As winter is starting to come toward an end, I have been getting a...

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Springing into action for native wildlife

It’s a lovely morning at the Zoo. Although there’s still a chill in the air, I can feel the promise...

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REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE FOURTH-ANNUAL RUN LIKE WILD 5K

Ready, set, run for a cause on April 27 ATLANTA – February 1, 2024 – Registration is now open for...

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Positive reinforcement training with gorillas

Hello everyone, Holly from the Gorilla Care Team here. I wanted to take this time to tell you about a very...

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APPLY FOR SEASONAL AND PART-TIME POSITIONS AT THE ZOO ATLANTA JOB FAIR

Pre-apply and bring a résumé for a one-on-one interview with a hiring manager on February 8 WHAT: Dependable, enthusiastic, and...

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Do turtles play?

Hi Everyone! It’s Dr. Joe Mendelson, the Director of Research here at Zoo Atlanta, and today we’re talking about some...

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IT’S A GIRL! SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO CALF CONFIRMED TO BE FEMALE

Milestone is the latest for the herd at the soon-to-be-named Delta Air Lines Rhino Habitat ATLANTA – January 23, 2024...

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ZOO ATLANTA WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

WHAT: Zoo Atlanta will be closed on January 20 due to unseasonably cold temperatures expected throughout the day on Saturday....

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How does it feel to be able to repatriate a species?

While some of you may already be aware of this and some of you not, I recently spent a couple...

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Lizards from Zoo Atlanta will help wild populations

In an outstanding example of collaboration for the conservation of one of the world’s rarest lizard species, 11 endangered Guatemalan...

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Catching up with the bintlets

Hello from the Carnivore Department! The Zoo’s lions, tigers, and bears get a lot of attention for being big and...

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Looking Forward in 2024

Happy New Year, Zoo Atlanta Community! As we begin another revolution around the sun, we have so much to look...

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Winter breeding season in the bird world

It’s breeding season in the bird world! While most bird species tend to lay eggs in the spring, some of...

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Welfare Research Applied

Over this past year, some of our blog topics have discussed how we conduct research, how data can provide insight...

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SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Special Christmas Eve delivery is the first southern white rhinoceros ever born at Zoo Atlanta  ATLANTA – December 25, 2023...

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The “festive lizard”

Hello everyone! To be honest, I’ve had a little bit of “writer’s block” in trying to come up with a...

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THE HOLIDAYS ARE AGLOW AT ZOO ATLANTA

Memorable experiences and meaningful gifts far outlast just one holiday season  WHAT: Celebrate the season with memories that won’t be...

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Extending our conservation impact

Although we’ve learned about a variety of Zoo Atlanta’s conservation partnerships this year, we’ve only covered a fraction of the...

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Our very own Grinch: A holiday success story

I’m back with another iteration of revamped holiday fun! This is where I take a well-known, beloved holiday (aka Christmas...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES BOB THE SUMATRAN TIGER

Year-old male represents one of the world’s rarest big cat species   ATLANTA – November 30, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is...

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Who are you calling a turkey?

Thanksgiving means many things to many people, but the core of the holiday is a big meal shared with family...

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NANGKA EXPLORES OUTDOOR HABITAT WITH ADOPTIVE MOM MADU

Nangka, the 6-month-old infant Sumatran orangutan who arrived at Zoo Atlanta on September 8, has recently embarked on his latest...

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HOLIDAY WONDERS ARE BACK WITH THE RETURN OF ILLUMINIGHTS

Nighttime festival presented by Georgia Power features more than 200 all-new lanterns WHAT: The holidays glow with the return of...

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So you want to be an Elephant Care Intern?

Hi all! It’s Caleb with the Elephant Care Team again! Regularly, young students ask us how to be a professional...

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How Do Giraffes Sleep?

Did you know that of all land mammals, giraffes are among the species requiring the least sleep? As a prey...

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ABCD…ESA…FWS…

Earlier this year, some of my colleagues introduced you to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and highlighted some...

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Looking out for autumn hitchhikers

Hello everyone! And happy no longer false autumn! Now that the weather is getting into what we around here would...

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HELP NAME BRAMBLE’S BINTLETS

Voting begins today to choose monikers for two of the three binturongs born to Bramble on August 31 ATLANTA –...

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Real-life inspirations for famous cryptids?

Ghoulish greetings, everyone! I’m Sarah and I work in our Ambassador Animals Department. This time of year is always so...

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Growing up copperhead

On October 1, our Herpetology Team was excited to find that our female copperhead had given birth to 14 babies!...

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RESERVATIONS GOING FAST FOR COOKIES WITH SANTA

Santa makes a ho-ho-holiday stop at the Zoo on December 2 and 3   WHAT: Reservations are flying away faster...

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Conspecific Social Organization

Since the 1970s, zoos have made large strides in improving the welfare of the animals in our care. Closely aligning...

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A Tale of Three Bintlets

It’s been a little while since we discussed the Zoo’s baby binturongs, or bintlets if you prefer. A lot has happened...

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A HEARTWARMING UPDATE ON NANGKA THE SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN

Nangka, the 5-month-old infant Sumatran orangutan who arrived at Zoo Atlanta on September 8, has found a new chapter with...

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Who are those mysterious orange monkeys?

Hello everyone. My name is James, and I am one of the newest members of our Small Primate Team here...

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BOO AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA NATURAL GAS

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival is back for four magical days for the whole family WHAT: Atlanta’s favorite fun...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES DAKARI THE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO

16-year-old female will become the newest member of the herd in the Zoo’s rhino complex ATLANTA – October 13, 2023...

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Building the nest: taveta golden weavers

If there’s any species in the animal kingdom that knows about high-stakes home building, it’s taveta golden weavers. Taveta golden...

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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ILLUMINIGHTS AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA POWER

Chinese Lantern Festival lights up the holiday season starting November 16 ATLANTA – October 5, 2023 – One of Atlanta’s...

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Slashing through limits

Lila Szweda, Exhibit Interpreter Zoo Atlanta is part of a thriving community. Behind the animals and the team members you...

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TURTLES CAN DO WHAT?!

As is often the case in biology, if you hear of some weird phenomenon, there may well be a sound...

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Designing a new snake habitat

This is Claire from the Herpetology Team. If you’ve been up to Scaly Slimy Spectacular, then you’ve seen our cool...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES WEMBE THE PLAINS ZEBRA

New arrival will ultimately be joined by a companion on the Zoo’s African Savanna ATLANTA – September 26, 2023 –...

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So you want to be an animal care professional?

My name is AJ, and I am a member of the Hoofstock Animal Care Team! Last time I wrote, we...

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Armadillo Enrichment

Hello, my name is Rachael and I am a member of the Ambassador Animals Team here at Zoo Atlanta. The...

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NEW CHAPTER FOR INFANT SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN NANGKA

4-month-old from Sacramento Zoo will be introduced to Zoo Atlanta’s nationally renowned veteran adoptive mother Madu   ATLANTA – September 11,...

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BINTURONGS BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Squirrel-sized “bintlets” will remain behind the scenes for several weeks ATLANTA – September 8, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is excited...

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The wrinkled hornbill: A fascinating forest dweller

In the dense rainforests of Southeast Asia, a peculiar and captivating bird takes to the skies with its distinct appearance...

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It’s All in the Family

Have you ever made a family tree? You know, the diagram that uses horizontal lines to connect siblings and vertical...

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Remembering Biji

Hello again from Caitlin on the Orangutan Team!  It has been an emotional month for us orangutan caretakers, as we...

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Cognitive Bias

In our last blog post, we talked about some of the methodologies we use to study animal welfare. We often...

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Continuing education at the Felid TAG Conference

Last month, the Zoo’s Lead Keeper of Carnivores and I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Felid Taxon Advisory...

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The Delta Team: Conservation’s Cutest Heroes

Our most recent Conservation Blog introduced you to one of our most significant conservation partnerships: Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), a...

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ZOO ATLANTA SADDENED BY LOSS OF FOUNDING MEMBER OF ORANGUTAN POPULATION

ATLANTA – August 10, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is deeply saddened to share news of the passing of an original...

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WEAR WILLIE B. FOREVER WITH EXCLUSIVE RETRO T-SHIRT

Limited-time shirt fundraiser commemorates the late legend WHAT: Celebrate memories of the legendary late Willie B. with a limited-time Willie...

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The art of training

As some of you might know, one of our animal experiences here at Zoo Atlanta is the opportunity to watch...

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Conservation South Luangwa: Protecting elephants

In the eastern region of the country of Zambia, in southern Africa, lies the Luangwa Valley. This vast wilderness is...

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CITY OF ATLANTA AND FULTON COUNTY FAMILY DAYS PRESENTED BY PNC

WHAT: Zoo Atlanta will host City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days presented by PNC on Saturday and Sunday,...

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A milestone a minute for Willie B. III

Hello! My name is Sherri, and I am a member of the Gorilla Care Team. I have been here at...

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ZOO ATLANTA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON VETERINARY COMPLEX

The Rollins Animal Health Center will be a new center of excellence for veterinary care, technology, and scientific collaboration ATLANTA...

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Exactly how many ears do frogs have?

Ask any child what sound a frog makes, and you’ll get an adorable, enthusiastic croaked “Ribbit” probably matched with a...

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“Swinging” from feathers to scales

Amphibians, reptiles, and birds! Oh my! Earlier this year, Zoo Atlanta created their first Herpetology/Bird Department Swing Keeper role, and...

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TRAVEL THE GLOBE AT WILD WORLD WEEKEND

Two-day cultural heritage festival will feature live music, dance, and more from countries and continents around the world WHAT: Travel...

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Rounding Down Rattlesnake Roundups

Our most recent Conservation Blog introduced some of our amazing reptile-centric conservation partnerships (if you missed it, check it out here),...

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Flamingo nesting season: A marvel of nature

The Chilean flamingo, scientifically known as Phoenicopterus chilensis, is one of the six flamingo species found worldwide. With its distinctive pink...

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Book Drive for Hindi’s Libraries

Donate new or gently used children’s books at the Zoo from July 22 through July 29 ATLANTA – July 18,...

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GET TICKETS TO SAVANNA NIGHTS: SUPERHERO NIGHT

Second installment of after-hours summer series takes flight July 21 WHAT:                   Limited time remains to get tickets to the...

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Conservation: true generational wealth

One of the most beautiful things in the world is compound interest. The ability to invest in something and have...

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Training with Cannoli

Hi, my name is Roxanne and I am an Ambassador Animal Keeper here at Zoo Atlanta. Ever heard the expression...

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Learning more about sloths

Hi! I’m Channing, and I’m one of the newest faces on the Small African Primate and Sloth Care Team. Prior...

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Recycle your cells for chinchillas!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ve almost certainly heard us mention ECO-CELL, an organization that helps species affected...

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What should you do if you find a baby bird?

With the end of June nearing and July just around the corner, you may have noticed the native birds being...

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FATHER’S DAY SURPRISE! SLOTH BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

ATLANTA – June 19, 2023 – Cocoa, a 30-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth at Zoo Atlanta, became a dad again on...

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Assessing the big picture in animal well-being

In our last Animal Science Blog, we examined how observations can provide useful insight into animal behavior. Watching animals and...

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ZOO ATLANTA WILL CELEBRATE “WILLIE B. DAY”

Special Gorilla Keeper Talks, interactive educational activities, and a chance to spot Willie B. III on June 18 ATLANTA –...

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Making Change for Wildlife

What happens when you visit the Zoo? Maybe you get to see a type of animal you’ve never encountered before,...

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Salva lo que amas!

Hello everyone!  It’s Kelly here, Lead Keeper of the Herpetology Team. This past March I got the amazing opportunity to...

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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR SAVANNA NIGHTS

After-hours summer series kicks off June 23 with the first of three themed monthly evenings ATLANTA – June 1, 2023...

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Step by step with Rose the red-tailed hawk

Last time you heard from Ambassador Animals, it was all about Hawkmoth the Harris hawk’s training and how he recently...

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VENTURE INTO THE JUNGLE OF RWANDA WITH GORILLA TREK

All-new 360° VR experience takes guests on a live-action adventure ATLANTA – May 25, 2023 – Members and guests at Zoo Atlanta...

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Quantity assessment in animals

When I first joined Zoo Atlanta, almost 20 years ago, one of the things I was excited about was the...

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Planning a mixed-species aviary

Hello everyone! This is Birds Josh! One of the greatest parts of being a bird keeper is the diversity of...

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KIAZI THE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO IS EXPECTING!

Special holiday season delivery will be the first southern white rhinoceros ever born at Zoo Atlanta ATLANTA – May 23,...

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THE DEBUT OF WILLIE B. LEGACY LAGER

Tickets are going fast for longtime signature beer festival tradition ATLANTA – May 18, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta’s longtime signature...

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Cautious Caffeinating

If you caught our most recent Conservation Blog, you’re up to speed on the amazing roles birds play in our...

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Endangered Species Day matters more than ever

Double your conservation contribution May 19-21; learn more about the 2023 Quarters for Conservation projects ATLANTA – May 16, 2023...

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A legacy continues

Hello Zoo Atlanta friends and fans! I’m Kaitlyn, and I’m one of the new members of the Gorilla Care Team....

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Shy and beautiful

Hello everyone! I would like to tell you a little bit about one of my favorite pit vipers of all-time,...

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Sightings Alert: Meet Ruby and Rose!

2-year-old sisters are now exploring their new home in Zoo Atlanta’s Asian Forest Ruby and Rose, two new red panda...

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A “cold blooded” summer treat

Hi everyone, my name is Erin, and I’m a Seasonal Carnivore Keeper. With the weather getting warmer, this is a...

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IT’S A BOY! MEET WILLIE B., III

ATLANTA – May 9, 2023 – It’s a boy! The infant gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has been confirmed to be...

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Celebrating Caretakers

With Easter behind us and spring in full swing, the Bird Team here at Zoo Atlanta has been hard at...

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The Real Stomachs of Steel: Vulture Microbiomes

We imagine that when envisioning the beauty of nature, vultures may not be the first image that springs to mind...

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WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT ZOO ATLANTA

Infant born to Shalia is first offspring of Willie B., Jr. ATLANTA – April 25, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta is...

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Hawkmoth grows up to soar

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be here with your most recent Hawkmoth update! In the last update I...

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Bart the Naked Mole Rat

Inspired by a true story. Bart awoke engulfed in a pile of his slumbering friends and family. While he enjoyed...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Zoo Atlanta Volunteers lead by example and encourage others to give back to wildlife, conservation, and the community National Volunteer...

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In your own backyard: native plants and you

When you think of zoos and conservation, you likely think of efforts to save animals. And rightly so- if you’ve...

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Giant panda program update

Zoo Atlanta has received questions on the giant panda program and specifically, on plans for the twins Ya Lun and...

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Happy 8th Birthday Keju!

Hi it’s Emily from the Orangutan Team, and I’m here to share with you some exciting news about our youngest...

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“Is that bird dead?”

Believe it or not, this is a question we hear a lot in the Bird Department, particularly in the summer....

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The fascinating subfamily Polydectinae

Hark, O readers of the Keeper Stories! I—Daniel!—have returned! And this time we’re going to talk about boxer crabs. Why...

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Upcoming travels for warthogs and zebra

Four members of Zoo Atlanta’s African Savanna are ready to start exciting new chapters. Warthog sisters Daphne, Eloise, and Penelope...

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April’s showers bring a blog about plants?

That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. This romantic sentence from Romeo...

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Cognition in Reptiles

Reptiles just don’t get an even break in the public’s consciousness sometimes. For centuries, the public, and many biologists have...

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RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

WHAT: There’s no one in the world like Mom, and her Mother’s Day experience should be equally one-of-a-kind. Elegant spaces...

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Fostering a hooded vulture chick

Zoo Atlanta is home to four critically endangered hooded vultures: Baobob, Marula, Tai, and Acacia. Hooded vultures are found in...

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Safari Camp Scholarship Program

Applications are available now for children from Title One Schools in metro Atlanta ATLANTA – March 16, 2023 – Zoo...

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The power of a quarter

Under the driver’s seat of your car right now, there is probably a small metallic disc.  It’s mostly copper.  There...

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Talking about turacos

Today I’d like to spend some time talking about the turacos. You may have noticed these personable birds in our...

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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BOG TURTLES HATCH

Quarter-sized hatchlings are ambassadors for one of Georgia’s most threatened wild places ATLANTA – March 9, 2023 – A pair...

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Why do binturongs smell like popcorn?

Of the 200+ species we steward here at Zoo Atlanta, binturongs are perhaps one of the least known. These adorable...

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Preparing for a baby gorilla

Hey friends! I hope you are all doing well and thriving. My name is Allie, and I am a gorilla...

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Educator Appreciation Day and Biomechanics Day

Educator Appreciation Day offers free admission for educators; Biomechanics Day invites people of all ages to explore animals in motion...

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Iguanas!

Hark, O reader of the Keeper Blogs! I—Daniel!—have come to talk about iguanas. And not just any iguanas, but some...

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A new giraffe greeting

Hi friends! My name is Katelyn, and I am on the Hoofstock Care Team here at Zoo Atlanta. If you...

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE BIRDS, BACKYARDS, AND BEYOND CONTEST

Citizen scientists documented sightings of more than 55 bird species between February 17 and 24 ATLANTA – February 28, 2023...

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Black American Trailblazers in Conservation

February is Black History Month. Throughout this month, people around the nation have celebrated the accomplishments of African Americans in...

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WELCOME RUBY AND ROSE THE RED PANDAS

Two-year-old sisters will be visible to Members and guests in coming weeks ATLANTA – February 24, 2023 – Zoo Atlanta...

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The story of tadpoles

As a rule, one cannot make many generalizations about most aspects of reproduction in amphibians; their reproductive habits simply are...

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What is an AZA Institution?

In our most recent Conservation Blog, we spoke a bit about our partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums...

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JACKIE THE RED PANDA WILL SOON DEPART ON A NEW ADVENTURE

ATLANTA – February 15, 2023 – Jackie, the red panda at Zoo Atlanta, will soon be off on a new...

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Be my Valentine: animal kingdom style

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A whole day of the year dedicated to love. Most of the humans I have encountered have some...

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JOIN THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT!

Become a citizen scientist and win your own Catio or birding experience in Zoo Atlanta’s Birds, Backyards, and Beyond Contest...

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These goats are made for walking

If you’ve been keeping up with the wonderful world of our petting zoo population, you’re likely familiar with Pickles, Avocado,...

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The storied life of Ros the king vulture

An exciting thing happened this week in the Bird Department! Our own Queen B, Roswell the king vulture, laid an...

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REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY FOR THE THIRD-ANNUAL RUN LIKE WILD 5K

Get set to run for reticulated giraffes on April 22 ATLANTA – February 2, 2023 – Ready, set, run! Registration...

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Excellent Acronyms

No matter where you work, there are probably some acronyms and terminology that you use that people outside of your...

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A shoutout to our Volunteers!

Hey all, I’m Erin, a member of the Orangutan Care Team here at the Zoo. I want to use this...

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Be a part of our partnerships: Get involved with the Zoo

In our first Conservation Blog of the year, we announced our 2023 Conservation theme: Partnerships. Put simply, this year’s Conservation Blogs...

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APPLY FOR SEASONAL AND PART-TIME POSITIONS AT THE ZOO ATLANTA JOB FAIR

Bring a résumé for a one-on-one interview with a hiring manager on February 9 WHAT: Dependable, enthusiastic, and outgoing job...

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The beautiful and extraordinary mossy frog

Hey y’all, I’m Ben from the Herpetology Department at Zoo Atlanta. Today, I’m going to tell you about one of...

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The Guatemalan beaded lizard and its complete genome

Zoo Atlanta is renowned for our conservation breeding program for what is arguably the most endangered lizard species in the...

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2022 Research Accomplishments

A genome of one of the world’s most endangered lizard species was the first ever assembled. A new look at...

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New year, new career experiences

Hi everybody! As we have just entered into the new year, I have come to realize that we are that much...

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VulPro Update

Did you know that 25 cents of every Zoo Atlanta general admission ticket benefits programs for wildlife? Check out an...

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Last chance to experience IllumiNights at the Zoo

Chinese Lantern Festival closes for the season after January 15 WHAT: The coming nights are Atlanta’s last chances to experience...

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What is conservation?

It’s a word you probably encounter every time you visit the Zoo or read something we post online, but what...

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New year, new ways to support backyard birds

As the new year begins, it’s a good time to start thinking about the ways we can help the world...

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Great news for the Big Cat Safety Act!

A storm is coming. A real storm.  Not the kind of storm that you sit on your back porch and...

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WILLIE B., JR. WILL BE A FATHER!

Female Shalia is expecting ATLANTA – December 27, 2022 – In an exciting continuation of a uniquely Atlanta legacy, the...

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So much more than that

The zoo world is an interesting organism, both literally and figuratively. From the outside looking in it is entertainment, conservation...

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Zoo Atlanta closed December 23 and December 24

Zoo Atlanta will be closed for regular operations on Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24. IllumiNights will also be...

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Carbon Offset Guide

It’s the last Conservation Blog of 2022! The end of the year is always a poignant time as we look...

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Hamerkop Nest Deconstruction

Our hamerkops Hammy and Penny have moved into their “winter home!” As a native species to Sub-Saharan African and coasts...

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ZOO ATLANTA MOURNS LOSS OF SPARKY THE TIGER

The Zoo Atlanta family is saddened to announce the passing of Sparky, an 18-year-old male Sumatran tiger, on December 14,...

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Baby(ies) on board!

Hi there! I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite snake species we have here at Zoo Atlanta!...

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New Conservation Commitment for Five International Programs

Projects for red pandas, clouded leopards, slender-snouted crocodiles, drill monkeys, and western lowland gorillas will be funded in 2023 by...

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Happy (& healthy) holidays

Excuse me, but how can it possibly be December already? Surely it hasn’t been a whole year (okay, fine, 11...

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Why I’m thankful

Hey all! I thought with the holiday season in full force, it would be a great time to focus on...

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Zoo Atlanta’s Holiday Gift Guide has inspirations for every animal lover

WHAT: The season’s most appreciated gifts last far longer than a single holiday season. Gifts from Zoo Atlanta create memories,...

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It’s not easy being green!

Perhaps you were not aware that Zoo Atlanta has a Green Team – although as loud and pushy as we...

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Avian weaponry

Down in the Lower Zoo lives a fascinating little bird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles). These Australia natives are members...

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Joining Zoo Atlanta’s Orangutan Care Team

Hello everyone! My name is Jake Bedenbaugh, and I am the newest member of the Orangutan Care Team here at...

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The awesome ostrich

Hey there! Hoofstock Keeper Cory checking in here. I wanted to share some cool facts about the largest birds in...

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Tips for Holiday Sustainability

It’s hard to believe how fast this year has passed, and that we have already arrived at the holiday season!...

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Sharing a passion for venomous snakes

Hey everyone!  This is Ash from the Herpetology Department back to tell you about a recent professional development opportunity that...

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How smart are Kunekune pigs?

Here at the Zoo, we’re honored to have some of the Earth’s most intelligent species in our stewardship. You may...

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“A chili plant and a bee stop an elephant from walking into a farm …”

You’re on the front porch of your home in a swing, and steam rises from a warm cup of coffee...

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Meet the Gremlins!

With Halloween at our backs and the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to talk about one of the...

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Halloween Research Edition! Vampires and other monsters

Scientists don’t have much patience for myths, science fiction, or pseudo-science. Legends inspire us, but irritate our sense of orderly...

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The story of the Bali mynah

When you first see a Bali mynah (aka Bali starling), your first impression will be of a small white starling...

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Trick or T[h]reat?: keeping your haunted house safe for wildlife

We are entering the holiday season marathon friends! For many of us, one of the best ways to get in...

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Celebrate World Gorilla Day every day

Hey everyone, it’s Holly from the Gorilla Care Team! Recently, we celebrated World Gorilla Day on September 24. What exactly...

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BOO AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY GEORGIA NATURAL GAS

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival is back for four magical days in October WHAT: Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween...

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Studying behavior to understand animals’ wants and needs

Let’s be real, human-animal communication can be complicated! The largest issue being that we don’t speak the same languages. So...

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Will it be a match made in binturong heaven?

Hi. I’m Shauna, and I’m a member of the Carnivore Team here at Zoo Atlanta. You may not know, but animals, as with...

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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR COOKIES WITH SANTA

Santa makes his annual holiday stop at the Zoo on December 3 and 4 WHAT: Tickets are on sale now...

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Celebrating Croctober

Greetings from Scaly Slimy Spectacular! We are celebrating Croctober here at Zoo Atlanta, featuring our two west African slender-snouted crocodiles...

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Sven and the Mysterious Nutrition Kitchen

By Robert Amrhein, Keeper III Ambassador Animals Illustrations by Summit St. John, Ambassador Animals Intern One day two, fluffy, sheep...

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Say ‘Boo!’ to zoonosis

Just in time for spooky season, you can now catch a glimpse of Casper at Zoo Atlanta! No, not that Casper. He’s...

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Reptile learning

Reptile learning and cognition – not something many people think of when they see an anole run across their garden...

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All about food

Hi everyone, it’s Claire from the Bird Team! Today I wanted to teach you about our birds’ diets. We’ve all...

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TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ILLUMINIGHTS AT THE ZOO

Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season, with the splendors of nature in lights ATLANTA – September 22, 2022...

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Changing seasons at the Zambezi Elephant Center

It’s been a quiet week at the Zambezi Elephant Center. As summer (erroneously referred to as “the busy season”) winds...

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It’s called [sustainable] fashion!

Fall is just around the corner, and if, like me, you’re getting excited for crisp-weather fashion (knits, outerwear, boots… I...

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Zoo Atlanta’s new colobus baby

It’s Caroline from the Small Primate Team. You may have heard that we have a new Angolan colobus baby. This...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES CASPER THE BONTEBOK

New to the Zoo, his species represents a dramatic and unusual conservation turnaround Zoo Atlanta is pleased to welcome Casper,...

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LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS TO SIPPIN’ SAFARI

Sampling of more than 50 wines, a Spice Girls tribute band on the main stage, and more on September 17...

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Why do lions sleep so much?

If you pass by the lion habitat at midday, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find Hondo, Azizi, and Hatari...

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Dodos are gone, but who are their relatives?

When you think of animals that went extinct in the past few centuries, what animal comes to mind? Most likely...

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THE ONLY GIANT PANDA TWINS IN THE U.S. CELEBRATE SIXTH BIRTHDAY

Giant panda twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun turned 6 on September 3, 2022. On Saturday, September 10, the Panda...

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Biodiversity and Human Health

“There are worlds within worlds…Everything in our world is connected by the delicate strands of the web of life, which...

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ZOO ATLANTA WELCOMES MALFOY AND STRAWBERRY THE WRINKLED HORNBILLS

Endangered species is new to the Zoo with significant conservation messages   ATLANTA – September 8, 2022 – Zoo Atlanta...

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Birthday “cakes” for our hoofed friends

Hi everyone, I’m Kennedy, and I recently completed a rotation as a Seasonal Hoofstock Keeper here at the Zoo. I’m...

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The wonderful world of orangutan enrichment

Hey there fellow animal enthusiasts! Caitlin from the Orangutan Care Team, here to talk a little more about the enrichment...

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The joys of Anaka!

Hey y’all, and welcome to another addition of Keeper Stories. My name is Sara Fee, and I’m a Senior Keeper...

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From Outback to Carnivores

Hello! It’s Carnivore Keeper Adrianna here for today’s Keeper Stories! If you know a little bit about me, you know...

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It’s flamingo hatching season!

You know breeding season is in full swing when everything in the flamingo habitat is covered in mud, including the...

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The Mighty Pirate

Imagine you are dressed up like a pirate, eye patch and all, and you decide to visit the Zoo.  Would...

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A successful summer at Amy’s Tree Theater

I am beyond proud of our Wieland Wildlife Home Team this past summer season! Memorial Day weekend we debuted a...

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Vegetarian Cookbooks for the Plant-Based Curious

Hi Everyone! Brooke from the Public Relations Team here. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we...

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Habitat updates for our scaly friends

Hi everyone!  It’s Kelly from Herpetology! Walking around the Zoo, you may have noticed some changes going on in the...

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What’s in a rhino horn?

Many of you already know that last year, our southern white rhinoceros Mumbles got a new companion! Kiazi arrived from...

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Celebrating World Elephant Day together

Hi everyone! Caleb with the Elephant Care Team here, once again! August 12 is World Elephant Day, an international event...

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Meet Avocado, Wasabi, and Pickles!

Hello! I’m Becky, the Associate Curator of Ambassador Animals. That means I get the privilege of working with the team...

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What is an extinction vortex?

Sounds like a bad 80s hair band, but it’s something far worse There are some things that are plainly true...

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The horn of the hornbill: what’s it for?

Hornbills are a fascinating group of birds. While these long-beaked animals might superficially resemble toucans, the hornbill family (Bucerotidae) is...

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GOLDEN LION TAMARIN DAY BRINGS A NEW COMMITMENT

Partnership with Golden Lion Tamarin Association is a continuation of a conservation success story ATLANTA – August 2, 2022 –...

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Skin: An Additional Tool for the Versatile Elephant Trunk

Zoo Atlanta is very proud to have partnered with doctoral student Andrew Schulz of the Georgia Institute of Technology on...

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Composting 101

Our last Conservation Blog gave some great pointers on how to eat sustainably this summer. This week, we’re keeping the...

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Quarters for Conservation: Vulpro

Hi, I’m Christina, Lead Keeper in Ambassador Animals and the Quarters for Conservation Champion for Vulpro, one of the three organizations benefiting...

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Resources and Social Structures in Juvenile Tortoises

A couple months ago, we posted a Research Blog outlining Zoo Atlanta’s longtime research partnerships with local universities. These partnerships...

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What’s it like when the Zoo’s closed?

With all the uncertainty going on in the world right now, one thing that is certain is that COVID-19 is...

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Green blood?!

In our mammal-oriented existence, as mammals ourselves, it’s easy to get lazy and assume that all animals function like some...

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Scientist Talk

Learn about animal welfare from a research scientist at Zoo Atlanta. 

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