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.
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.
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 BeginningsSummer 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.
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