Zoo Atlanta

A great destination is to visit Zoo Atlanta with 1,000 animals and 250 different species, our tips

Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta

A great destination in Georgia is to visit the Zoo Atlanta. You can see about 1,000 animals and 250 different species there and that is very impressive. Especially the lowland gorillas are a highlight for the visitors.

Visit the Atlanta Zoo

The zoo in the huge city of Atlanta is run by a zoo and aquarium company. It is one of the most famous Atlanta attractions that you can see. Apart from it, there are several other attractions in Atlanta. For example: the famous Stone Mountain, the world’s largest granite rock. Also worth seeing is the Piedmont Park as well as the Oakland Cemetry.

Here you can simply enjoy the peace and quiet or take a bath in the sun. Also worth seeing is the tallest building in Atlanta. It is the Bank of America Plaza, which measures about 317 meters. You should have seen this building. It is really interesting. It is also the 9th tallest building in the whole USA. Other attractions in this city are the World of Coca Cola and the High Museum of Art.

When was the zoo opened:
In 1889

Number of animals:
Approximately 1,000

Different species:

The entrance to Zoo Atlanta
The entrance to Zoo Atlanta

Address and location

Before a visit, you should also find out exactly where the Zoo Atlanta is located and how you can reach it the fastest. First of all, you should know that it is located in the so-called Grand Park. This is a large green area in the city where you can relax wonderfully. As a rule, Americans always like to use their own cars and there are parking lots on Cherokee Avenue and at Grant Park Gateway Parking. But parking fees must be paid there as well.

You can’t get to the zoo very well by public transportation, such as MARTA. The stops are just too far away. But you can also take a cab if you don’t have a rental car. So there are a lot of different options that you can use. For tourists, the cab is certainly the best choice.

Exact address:
800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

What mode of transportation should you use:
Car or cab

Is there a MARTA stop nearby:
No, these are too far away

Where to park:
Cherokee Avenue
Grant Park Gateway Parking

These are the opening hours

Very important are of course the opening hours of Zoo Atlanta and you can visit it every day of the week. That means from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Especially on weekends you always have to expect more visitors. Who wants to have it quieter should go during the week and then it is quieter and you can look at the animals more closely.

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How much time should you plan for the visit:
Between 2 to 3 hours

Atlanta Skyline
Atlanta Skyline
The skyline of Atlanta
The skyline of Atlanta

Prices for the entrance

To visit Zoo Atlanta you need a ticket. The prices always vary a bit and it depends on the day and time. Adults pay for the entrance between 25.70 to 32.95 US dollars. If one has children between 3 to 11 years then they pay for the ticket between 19.70 to 25.20 US dollars. A discount is available to seniors 65 and older and they pay $23.95 to $30.70.

Ticket prices:
Adults ( 25.70 to 32.95 US dollars )
Children 3 to 11 years ( 19.70 to 25.20 US dollars )
Seniors 65 years and older ( 23.95 to 30.70 US dollars )
Under 3 years ( free )

Where to book the ticket:
Always best to book online beforehand

General information about Zoo Atlanta

The zoo covers about 16 acres and it is thus very large. It was founded in 1889. As already mentioned, it is located in Grant Park. A playground is also part of the grounds. The zoo attracts about one million visitors every year. This is due not least to its extensive offer. The animal population is composed of 250 species and about 1,000 animals from all over the world.

16 hectares

Visitors per year:
About 1 million

Atlanta airport
Atlanta airport

The zoo is known for its species-appropriate husbandry

Especially noteworthy is the species-appropriate husbandry of a pair of giant pandas. The giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca ) called, belongs to the family of bears Lun Lun and Yang Yang, as a special loan of the Chengdu Zoo in China. After artificial insemination, the panda girl Lun Lun gave birth to a female panda baby on September 6, 2006.

This was of course a great spectacle to behold. This little baby was “baptized” in a very solemn ceremony on December 15, 2006, exactly 100 days after its birth, according to a Chinese tradition, with the beautiful name “Mei Lan” ( which means “Atlanta Beauty”). So Zoo Atlanta is famous for the pandas and you should have a look at them there.

What should you definitely look at there:
The pandas, of course

When was the panda Mei Lan born:
September 6, 2006

Must see the African Rain Forest

The African Rain Forest ( very interesting by the way ) was built for about 4.5 million dollars and is home to 23 western lowland gorillas. This is the second largest group of those animals presented in North America. This very special experience should not be enjoyed too often and should not be missed.

This zoo was also the home of a very famous male gorilla named Willie B., who was named after a former mayor of Atlanta, William B. Hartsfield. The Hartsfield International Airport was also named after this mayor. Just recently, one of Willie’s daughters had twins. This is very rare among gorillas and therefore a nice, cuddly attraction that not only children enjoy. The Atlanta Zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association ( AZA ).

How much did the African Rain Forest cost:
Approximately $4.5 million

Number of lowland gorillas:

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Zoo Atlanta and the Red Panda

There is also a World Association of Zoos and Aquariums ( WAZA ). This is the international governing body of all major zoos and aquariums worldwide. The AZA is a conservation and breeding program with which the famous zoo tries to save the red panda ( the red panda is a mammal that lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China and feeds mostly on bamboo ). Since 2008 the so difficult to keep but very popular little panda is listed on the Red List of the World Conservation Union as especially “endangered“.

Is it possible to see the red panda there:
Yes, it is possible

The animals are considered endangered

A sad fact for this particularly beautiful animal. According to conservative estimates, only a little less than 10,000 adult animals still live in their ancestral environment. The Sumatran tiger is also being saved from extinction at this zoo. Other very interesting animals in the park include the Sumatran orangutans, the African elephants, the black rhinos and also the Komodo dragon.

What other animals are there in the zoo:
Sumatran orangutan
Sumatran orangutans
African elephants
Black rhinos
Komodo dragon

Our opinion

The visit of Zoo Atlanta is definitely recommended and you will be thrilled. There are many animals and many different species to see. Furthermore, there are also feedings which are very interesting for the visitors. You can say the zoo is a great destination for the whole family and you can spend a nice day there.

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