Guide to Zoo Atlanta: 15+ Things to Know
It is hard to fit everything Zoo Atlanta offers into one day. Get up-close with all kinds of animals, from colorful flamingos to playful pandas and everything in between. Don’t miss lots of opportunities to play, including the Treetop Trail.
This summer, the new African Savanna opens, where African elephants and other wildlife will roam in new expanded habitats.
Must-See Animals at Zoo Atlanta
Giant Pandas: Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only twin pandas in the United States, will be cavorting in their play area.
Giraffes (temporarily closed): At regular feeding times, families can stand on Twiga Terrace, eye-to-eye with the Zoo’s herd.
Western Lowland Gorillas: The Zoo is home to the largest population in North America, family groups in five natural habitats.
African Elephants (temporarily closed): Kelly and Tara are always up to something. Kelly loves to throw mud on herself and scrape bark off the logs in her habitat for a snack, and she occasionally paints.
Reptiles: The Zoo’s Scaly Slimy Spectacular has kids oohing and aahing at snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators and other creatures that slither and snap.
Play Areas at Zoo Atlanta
End a day at the Zoo playing on one of the two playgrounds or splash pad, and make sure to catch a ride on the carousel or train.
Treetop Trail: This adventure is situated atop the playground near the main gate, and it is shaded underneath trees so kids really feel like they are in the canopy.
KidZone and Naked Mole Rat Playgrounds: Kids play, climb, slide and burn off energy in KIDZone and explore tunnels like a naked mole rat in the other.
Splash Fountain: Playing in the spray is a perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Fountain presented by Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.
Petting Zoo: It’s fun to reach out and touch goats, sheep and other critters.
Carousel: The Endangered Species Carousel has 38 carved wooden animals, but no horses.
Zoo Train: This replica of an 1863 locomotive is one of the Zoo’s most popular attractions.
Canopy Climber: Whee! Climb up through a canopy and slide down.
Rock Wall: Kids can test strength and stamina and climb to new heights – safely.
(The Zoo Train, Rock Wall, Carousel, Canopy Climber and Treetop Trail are available for an additional fee.