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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. Plan to visit Zoo Atlanta and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Atlanta attractions using our Atlanta day trip site .
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  • We had a blast and the kids enjoyed all the animals and the petting zoo.Its clean and the staff are friendly.I would highly recommend this place for kids and adults  more »
  • We love Zoo Atlanta as a family with young children. There is nothing better than going with toddlers on a beautiful weekday in the fall. My kids love the animals but particularly love the added attra...  more »
  • We got the yearly membership and go quite often. It is nice to spend a day checking out all of the animals they have. Plus they have pandas. Love it.  more »
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  • 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 ($4.00 for a bottled water!). There were water/cooler misters and a splash pad for the kids to cool off with which helped to make the heat bearable. Overall it was a nice outing and one we'll remember for a long time.
  • Love this zoo! Great with kids. Pandas are great and too much fun to watch. The petting zoo has some very friendly staff who make sure the place is clean and safe. There are tigers, zebras, lions and giraffes. Also has a nice play area and most riders are for 3$ Overall a great experience!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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