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.
Zoo Atlanta reviews
Moderate-sized zoo with a good variety of animals. Some areas were still closed due to COVID. Reservations were recommended, but during the morning hours, they weren't needed. Docents (often... more »
This is a small but very well run zoo with a great variety of animals. Not so big that you cannot see everything in a day but not so small to feel like you don’t get your money’s worth. Our kids... more »
We absolutely love the Atlanta Zoo. We've loved visiting with the animals for about 2o yr or so now. Even with all of the construction and updates it has always be such a beloved place for us to go and now it is just getting better. It looks fantastic already and I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for the animals there. The Elephants are my absolute favorite animal and I am beyond impressed with what they have done with their new enclosure. It's phenomenal. Can't wait to see what is next.
Such a fun time at the Atlanta zoo! The grounds are beautiful! Huge children’s area!! The panda and gorilla exhibits were my favorites. There was a very nice docent who gave very god information about the gorillas and the brand new 2 day old baby! The bird show was also very entertaining. Had lunch at Nourish Cafe and the food was very good. All in all a super fun an education filled day!
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