Something spectacular is coming to Zoo Atlanta, and the evolution begins on Tuesday, June 4. Zoo Atlanta will host an official groundbreaking for the new amphibian and reptile experience, the first step in the construction of a state-of-the-art complex that will replace a structure familiar to many Atlantans from childhood.
The cornerstone of the single largest fundraising effort in Zoo Atlanta history, the amphibian and reptile experience is the launch pad of an exciting Master Plan that will revolutionize visitors” expectations of what to see and do at the Zoo. Zoo Atlanta has raised just under $22 million as part of an ongoing capital campaign to fund the roughly 14,000 square-foot experience, which will replace the 51-year-old World of Reptiles building; the structure is the oldest still in use for public exhibits at the Zoo.
About Zoo Atlanta
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. A slate of new up-close-and-personal experiences opened in spring 2012: giraffe feeding, permitting guests to hand-feed Earth”s tallest living land mammals, and Wild Encounters, three new behind-the-scenes adventures with African elephants, giant pandas and Komodo dragon. Other highlights include the nation”s largest collection of western lowland gorillas, the nation”s largest zoological collection of orangutans and a global center of excellence for the care and study of vanishing reptiles and amphibians. The Zoo is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, call 404.624.WILD or visit zooatlanta.org.