Guide to Zoo Atlanta: 15+ Things to Know
There’s a lot happening at Zoo Atlanta – The African Savanna is open! Learn about life on the savanna with new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats.
Don’t miss these family-friendly events and activities at Zoo Atlanta during the month of August:
The African Savanna is one of the wildest places on earth! Larger, more dynamic living spaces are designed with the animals in mind. The environment also focuses on the connection between Atlanta and the wild savannas of Africa, and what we can do to make a difference for wildlife and wild places.
Explorers age 5 and younger are invited to a backyard adventure to learn about savanna animals. Adventure Cubs will engage in an activity, read a story and create an entry in their Adventure Cubs Memory Book. Aug. 20.
Explore the zoo’s African Savanna animals at dusk. Learn about the behaviors of savanna animals and gain hands-on experience utilizing tools that researchers use to study animals in their native environments. Aug. 23.
Spend the night at Zoo Atlanta and create some fun and wild memories with your family as you learn about zoo technology. Enjoy interactive activities, team challenges and a special animal encounter. For families and their children older than 6. Aug. 24-25.
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, Zebras and Ostriches: The African Savanna features a mixed-species area, where guests can get a ground-level view of the earth’s tallest living mammals.
Western Lowland Gorillas: The Zoo is home to the largest population in North America, family groups in five natural habitats.
African Elephants 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.)