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Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

4.1
#2 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Georgia
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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  • I only had time to visit the zoo on one day, but I'm glad that I went despite the rain. Many of the animals were not on display that day, but it was still worth visiting the zoo. The highlight was the...  more »
  • Overall, I think Zoo Atlanta is pretty decent. The new expansion looks intriguing and I hope to return to see the finished product. The biggest issue I experienced was the overall price of admission. ...  more »
  • Great place to take kids ! Lots of activities! Well worth it! Be prepared to be there for a while . My kids had a blast  more »
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  • The staff seems really enthusiastic about the animals which is reassuring as the animals don't look particularly....robust is the gentlest way to put it. The layout of the facility on the other hand leaves a great deal to be desired. First the parking is pretty much just bad. In the 15 years I have been going to this zoo there has almost always been something under construction, the fact that they never thought to put a parking deck is curious to say the least. The one upside to the parking is that it is free. The other issue with park layout is that unlike most other zoo's I have been to the animal enclosures are either level, above or far too sharply deep to provide a good viewing angle particularly if you are bringing small children whom I assumed are the zoo's intended demographic. To put it plainly the animals are hard to see and what you do see is on the smallish size across species from the elephants to the lions. The gorillas are however the exception as they are quite large and majestic. The gorilla habitat is also quite well designed for viewing if not dangerously so. We were at one point a mere 20 feet from a giant gorilla separated by a waist high fence and a ditch. I felt myself hoping that there was some hidden security feature that we weren't aware of. It is certainly a nice walk in the park but nothing that will drop your jaw. If for no other reason than to help conserve threatened wildlife it is worth the visit.
  • Not the largest or most impressive zoo that we've ever been to but I greatly underestimated the amount of things to do. I expected to be completely done with the zoo based on its map in about 2 hours, instead we hung around for five or six. Our four-year-old enjoyed the exhibits and all the activities they had for kids.
  • We had lots of fun here. I highly recommend that you get here early to get good parking. The zoo is currently under construction and is a bit of a mess but overall a good time. There is something for everyone here, no matter what type of animals they prefer.
  • I visited on a Wednesday afternoon about 1:30pm and it was a great time. The zoo wasn't crowded and many of the animals were being feed lunch so they were active and visible. The panda's and gorillas were the highlight. There's some expansions going on so I'll be looking forward to visiting once they're complete. There's snack bars located throughout the zoo but on this visit only the ones located near the entrance were open. Another opinion is to bring your own food as there's plenty of places to sit and eat. Very enjoyable couple of hours.
  • Nice place to introduce kids to wild life. Not a big place can be covered leisurely in about 1.30 Hrs. The bird enclosure is my favourite along with gorillas. There is a full white Indian peacock which is definitely worth watching as it is a rare white bird than the usual colorful peacock which are found in many places.
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