Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia,

The total land area occupied by this zoological park is 40 acres and was first opened in 1889. There are about 200 species totaling 1500 animals. The most popular exhibit of this zoo is the Giant Pandas which have been increasing the number of visitors to the zoo every year.

Like the other zoological parks, this zoological park is also divided into different areas according to the presence as well as habitat of the exhibits. This zoological park is divided into eight main exhibit areas e.g. i) The Ford African Rain Forest ii) Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure iii) Trader’s Alley and Complex Carnivores iv) African Plains v) Giant pandas vi) Asian Forest vii) The World of Reptiles viii) Children’s zoo. The major exhibits of this zoological park are described in brief in the following:
I. The Ford African Rain Forest: This is one of the major exhibits of gorillas which were first opened in 1988 at the time of the inauguration of the zoo. Twenty one gorillas were born in this exhibit from its beginning. The Living Treehouse is an extension of this exhibit which was opened in 2004. The exhibit consists of an aviary of African birds, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs and drills, with adjacent habitats for Angolan colobus monkeys, Schmidt’s guenons, and Wolf’s guenons.
II. Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure: There are free-flying parakeets in this exhibit which can be feed by the visitor in the specific feeding hours.
III. Trader’s Alley and Complex Carnivores: Malayan sun bears and raccoon dogs are the major exhibit in this habitat though anyone may see bush dogs, binturong, and fossa near this habitat.
IV. African Plains: This habitat area which was inaugurated on 1989 mainly exhibits a wide range of African species which includes lions, African elephants, southern ground hornbills, meerkats, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, ostrich, lesser kudu, yellow-backed duikers and eastern bongos etc.
V. Giant pandas: This zoological park is one of the four institutions in the USA having giant panda as an exhibit. Lun Lun (female) and Yang Yang (male) are the first two giant panda which came in this zoological park.
VI. Asian Forest: This habitat area mainly exhibits different Asian forest species like Asian small-clawed otters, giant otters, Reeves’s muntjac, Komodo dragons and red pandas, as well as Bornean orangutans and Sumatran orangutans.

VII. The World of Reptiles: There is a great collection of reptiles such as snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, and salamanders from different parts of the world. One may see different species like eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin, Carolina pygmy rattlesnake, bog turtle, gopher tortoise, black mamba, king cobra, and reticulated python at the time of visiting this exhibit.
This zoological park not only entertains its visitor by its wide range of exhibit but also has an intense impact in conservation for animals like Aruba Island rattlesnake Bali mynah, Black rhino, Bongo, Burmese star tortoise, Clouded leopard, Elephant, Giant panda, Gorilla, Golden lion tamarind, Guenon, Komodo dragon, Kori bustard, Lemur, Lion, Orangutan, Otter etc. Any person ranging from animal lovers to students or research-workers should visit this zoological park for gathering a pleasant experience.
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Admission Prices
Adult (12+) $22.99
Child (3-11) $17.99
Child 2 & Under FREE
Senior Citizen (65+) $18.99

For more information please call (404) 624-5822.
Visit there website here for full details. www.zooatlanta.org