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Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

Built in 1889, Zoo Atlanta is one of the oldest established recreational facilities in Atlanta and bears the distinction of having achieved 125 years of continuous operation in the same facility. Each year, nearly one million visitors pass through the gates of Zoo Atlanta, making it the most visited nonprofit attraction in the city.

In 1985, The Authority entered into an agreement with the City of Atlanta and Fulton County to equip, maintain, and operate the Zoo. The agreement also positioned The Authority to make additions, deletions, and modifications to the lease agreement and to issue revenue bonds to finance improvements.

With more than 850,000 visitors, 2013 was a landmark year for Zoo Atlanta. In July 2013, the Zoo celebrated the opening of the all-new Splash Fountain, which was financed by The Authority. The interactive water play feature includes 18 water jets on a 2,500 square-foot section of the Zoo’s KIDZone rides and attractions area and is open seasonally from April through October.

New Arrivals

Among the most notable events of last year were the births of an historic number of high-profile animals. These included Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; Jabari, the first rhino calf ever born in the Zoo’s 125-year history; Pongo the Sumatran orangutan; Pelari the Bornean orangutan; Andi and Anaka the western lowland gorillas; and Hondo, Hatari, Azizi and Zamaya, the African lion cubs.

New Beginnings

Summer 2013 also brought the official groundbreaking of Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, set to open in early 2015. The state-of-the-art complex will replace the Zoo’s World of Reptiles, which is the oldest building on Zoo grounds still used for public exhibits.

Notable Facts about Zoo Atlanta:

  • The fifth United States giant panda cub birth occurred at
    Zoo Atlanta in 2006;
  • It is one of only four zoos in the United States to house
    and study pandas;
  • It is home to the only successful breeding group of drill monkeys in the nation with nine mother-reared offspring;
  • It is a Zoo in which the one million visitors per year attendance mark was surpassed in the year 2000.

 

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