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Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

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Initially a shelter for animals of a bankrupt travelling circus, Zoo Atlanta has grown into a 16 hectare (40 acre) settlement of over 1,500 individuals of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Here you can see the rare giant pandas, as well as the largest zoological collection of gorillas and orangutans in the United States. If you are not of a particularly sensitive nature, don't miss the carnivorous plants, particularly the Venus flytrap which feeds itself by preying on insects and arachnids. This venue is AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited, pointing to excellent animal care, quality staffing and extensive involvement in global conservation efforts. You can expect to walk quite a lot here, so wear comfortable shoes. By using our Atlanta itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Zoo Atlanta and other attractions in Atlanta.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Not as large as I expected, but very nice. Shady on this very hot day. Lots of animals to view. Highlight of the day... Giant Panda encounter.. a behind the scenes tour and feeding of an adult panda.....  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Last time I visited Zoo Atlanta was back in 2000 and the zoo has made a lot of positive improvements. Enjoyed all the exhibits except the Malayan Sun Bear. One of the Sun Bears paced back & forth cons...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We came to Atlanta specifically to see the giant pandas. We paid for the panda experience and it was AMAZING! My daughters (ages 15 and 14) were able to be up close and personal with these beautiful a...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    We celebrated my grandson's 3rd birthday at the Atlanta Zoo and we enjoyed very much. We were allowed to bring in our own water and snacks without a problem, thankfully, since lines were very long in the one restaurant and prices were quite high ($4.00 for a bottled water!). There were water/cooler misters and a splash pad for the kids to cool off with which helped to make the heat bearable. Overall it was a nice outing and one we'll remember for a long time.
  • May 31, 2017
    Love this zoo! Great with kids. Pandas are great and too much fun to watch. The petting zoo has some very friendly staff who make sure the place is clean and safe. There are tigers, zebras, lions and giraffes. Also has a nice play area and most riders are for 3$ Overall a great experience!
  • June 19, 2017
    The zoo was a great place although the do NOT reciprocate on the Knoxville seasonal pass. They do allow 50% discount..but in my definition this is not reciprocity. Also my military allowed free entrance. Overall a good visit that I would recommend. Loved the orangutans.and gorilla exhibit.
  • June 2, 2017
    We had our first visit about a month ago and loved it so much we bought a membership! The staff is very friendly and approachable, and understanding with kids who have special needs. The pandas are way too cute and fun to watch! We caught the aviary show, and saw some really neat birds and learned some new things. All of the exhibits show the care and dedication to awareness and conservation the zoo works for every day!
  • July 4, 2017
    Well thought out. Hard to find parking during busy days. Lots of shade. Great variety of animals. Lots of kids. reasonable price. Would recommend to others.

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