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Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
(sometimes referred as Atlanta
Atlanta
Zoo) is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoological park in Atlanta, Georgia. The zoo is one of four zoos in the U.S. currently housing giant pandas.[2] The current President and CEO of Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
is Raymond B. King.

Contents

1 History 2 Exhibits

2.1 The Ford African Rain Forest 2.2 Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet
Parakeet
Adventure 2.3 Trader's Alley and Complex Carnivores 2.4 African Plains 2.5 Giant pandas 2.6 Asian Forest 2.7 The World of Reptiles 2.8 Outback Station Children’s Zoo

3 Conservation 4 Leadership 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

The gorilla exhibit

Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
was founded in 1889, when businessman George V. Gress purchased a bankrupt traveling circus and donated the animals to the city of Atlanta. City leaders opted to house the collection in Grant Park, which remains the zoo's present location. Original residents of the zoo included a black bear, a jaguar, a hyena, a gazelle, a Mexican hog, lionesses, monkeys, and camels.[3] The zoo's collection expanded in the 1930s with the personal donation of a private menagerie owned by Asa G. Candler, Jr.[4] The 1950s and 1960s were decades of renovation and construction at the zoo, but by the early 1970s, many of its exhibits and facilities were outdated and showing signs of disrepair. In 1970, a small group of concerned citizens founded the Atlanta
Atlanta
Zoological Society in hopes of raising funds and awareness for the institution. Following a period of decline in the mid-1980s, the zoo was privatized in 1985 with the creation of a nonprofit organization, Atlanta Fulton-County Zoo
Zoo
Inc., and was renamed Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
that same year. A 20-year period of aggressive restoration followed, marked by several high-profile exhibit openings, including The Ford African Rain Forest, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A pair of giant pandas, Lun Lun
Lun Lun
and Yang Yang, made their debut at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
in 1999.[5] Exhibits[edit] The Ford African Rain Forest[edit]

Families often pose with one of the Willie B.
Willie B.
bronze statues at Zoo Atlanta.

Twenty-one gorillas have been born at the zoo since the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest in 1988. Kali and Kazi, a rare set of twins, were born at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
on October 31, 2005.[6] Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
also remains home to offspring of its best-known gorilla, Willie B.
Willie B.
(ca. 1959-2000). The zoo is also home to six of Willie B.'s grandchildren: Macy Baby (2005) and Merry Leigh (2011), born to Kudzoo; Gunther (2006) and Anaka (2013), born to Sukari; Andi (2013), born to Lulu, and Mijadali (2016), born to Kuchi. The Living Treehouse is an extension of The Ford African Rain Forest completed in 2004. The exhibit houses an aviary of African birds, as well as black-and-white ruffed lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs, with adjacent habitats for Angolan colobus
Angolan colobus
monkeys, drills, Schmidt's guenons, and Wolf's guenons. In 2017, Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
introduced two crowned lemurs. Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet
Parakeet
Adventure[edit] Opened in April 2009, Boundless Budgies houses free-flying parakeets which guests are permitted to hand-feed. This exhibit closed permanently in November 2016 to allow for development of the upcoming African Savannah project. [7] Trader's Alley and Complex Carnivores[edit] Opened in 2010, Trader's Alley: Wildlife's Fading Footprints is focused on species impacted by the international wildlife trade. The exhibit introduced Malayan sun bears and raccoon dogs to the collection.[8] Opened in 2011, an adjacent series of exhibits, Complex Carnivores, introduced bush dogs, binturong, and fossa.[9] African Plains[edit] Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta’s African Plains, opened in 1989, houses wildlife native to the grasslands and desert of Africa, including lions, African elephants, southern ground hornbills, meerkats, and warthogs. African forest species include yellow-backed duikers and eastern bongos. A multi-species savanna landscape is home to giraffes, zebras, ostrich, and lesser kudu. Also featured is a naked mole rat colony housed in its own building for easy viewing. A giraffe feeding experience opened in 2012.[10] Giant pandas[edit]

Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
panda

Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
is one of four institutions in the U.S. that house giant pandas. Lun Lun
Lun Lun
(female) and Yang Yang (male) arrived in Atlanta
Atlanta
as juveniles in 1999 and reside at the zoo on loan from China. The pair's first cub, male Mei Lan, was born on September 6, 2006. A second cub, male Xi Lan, was born August 30, 2008. Female Po was born November 3, 2010. Po's name was announced by actor Jack Black
Jack Black
in 2011; Po was named after Black's character in the DreamWorks films Kung Fu Panda.[11] A fourth and a fifth cub, both female,[12] born July 15, 2013, were the first twin pandas to be born in the U.S. since 1987.[13] Their names were announced on ABC's Good Morning America
Good Morning America
on October 23, 2013; 100 days after their birth, which is a Chinese tradition. The names are Mei Lun and Mei Huan.[14] As of October 2015, Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po, Mei Lun, and Mei Huan reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.[15] A sixth and seventh cub, both female, were born September 3, 2016. Their names were announced on their 100th day of life: Ya Lun and Xi Lun. Like their older siblings, the twins will return to China
China
once they are fully grown and weaned, likely between 3-5 years of age. Asian Forest[edit] The Asian Forest is set in the forests of Asia and houses giant otters, sun bears, Komodo dragons, Sumatran tigers, giant pandas, tanukis, and red pandas, as well as Bornean orangutans and Sumatran orangutans. The Orangutan
Orangutan
Learning Tree Project, launched at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
in 2007, utilizes in-habitat touch screen technology to allow orangutans to engage in computer puzzles, games and problem-solving exercises while guests observe their activities on a linked monitor.[16] The World of Reptiles[edit] The Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
herpetology department manages more than 450 reptiles and amphibians representing over 100 species, though because of the size of the World of Reptiles exhibit building, not all of these animals can currently be displayed. The zoo is the only zoological institution to successfully breed Arakan forest turtles, a critically endangered species harvested nearly to extinction for food and traditional medicine. A rare Guatemalan beaded lizard
Guatemalan beaded lizard
hatched at Zoo Atlanta
Atlanta
in March 2012. The World of Reptiles is the zoo's oldest public building still used for public exhibits, designed in the late 1950s and opened to the public in 1962. The building is home to hundreds of snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, and salamanders from around the world. Exhibited species include black mamba, king cobra, and reticulated python. Georgia native species include eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin, Carolina pygmy rattlesnake, bog turtle, and gopher tortoise. In 2009, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
noted that "the facility is a major concern primarily because of age." The World of Reptiles once housed critically endangered gharial (a species of crocodile from India), but because the aging facility could not maintain adequate heat, they were sent to other zoos. Construction began in 2013 on Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, replaced the World of Reptiles. The exhibit opened in 2015.[17] Outback Station Children’s Zoo[edit] Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta's Outback Station houses Australian wildlife, including red kangaroos, Major Mitchell's cockatoos, kookaburra and a double-watted cassowary. The petting zoo is home to Saanen goats, Oberhasli goats, Southdown babydoll sheep, Gulf Coast sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, and two kunekune pigs. Conservation[edit] Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
is a participant in the AZA Species Survival Plan
Species Survival Plan
for the following programs:

Aruba Island rattlesnake Bali mynah Black rhino Bongo Burmese star tortoise Clouded leopard African elephant Giant panda Gorilla Golden lion tamarin Guenon Komodo dragon Kori bustard Lemur Lion Orangutan Otter Radiated tortoise Red panda Sumatran tiger

Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
also participates in several international conservation initiatives, among them the Asian Turtle
Turtle
Crisis and Global Amphibian Decline. Staff members from Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
and the Atlanta
Atlanta
Botanical Garden have established captive assurance colonies of Panamanian frogs threatened by the spread of chytrid fungus. (Chytrid is the cause of the infectious amphibian disease chytridiomycosis.) [18] Leadership[edit] Dr. Terry Maple is Zoo
Zoo
Director Emeritus of Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta. In 1985, he assumed management responsibility for zoo operations of the Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc, which was privatized and rebranded as Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta.[19] Gallery[edit]

African elephant

Western lowland gorilla

Gorillas

Chilean flamingo

Alligator snapping turtle

References[edit]

^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 25 March 2011.  ^ Joy Turns to Despair at National Zoo
Zoo
as Newborn Panda Is Found Dead ^ "A Circus at Auction". Atlanta
Atlanta
Evening Journal. March 28, 1889.  ^ Desiderio, Francis (2000). "Raising the Bars: The Transformation of Atlanta's Zoo, 1889-2000". Atlanta
Atlanta
History: A Journal of Georgia and the South. 43 (4): 7–43.  ^ Pandas Make Themselves at Home in Atlanta
Atlanta
Zoo ^ Gorilla
Gorilla
has twins at Atlanta
Atlanta
Zoo ^ New aviary opens at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
Archived September 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Sun bears debut, tigers return to Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta's new exhibit ^ Complex Carnivores opens at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta ^ Feed the animals at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta ^ Jack Black
Jack Black
helps name Atlanta
Atlanta
Zoo's baby panda ^ Update on giant pandas Po, Mei Lun and Mei Huan ^ Twin giant panda cubs at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
appear healthy, doing well ^ "Twin Panda Cubs' Names Revealed at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta's 100-Day Celebration". ABC News. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ Giant pandas
Giant pandas
to leave Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta
Atlanta
for China ^ Orangutan
Orangutan
Learning Tree opens at Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta ^ $18M reptile house 'biggest thing' at Zoo
Zoo
since panda arrival ^ New guidelines intended to guard amphibians against deadly fungus ^ "Turnaround-From Worst to World Class". Archived from the original on 2016-03-24. 

External links[edit]

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landmarks

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Commercial

Atlantic Station AmericasMart Clermont Lounge Five Points Coca-Cola sign Lenox Square Mary Mac's Tea Room Phipps Plaza Ponce City Market Underground Atlanta The Varsity

Governmental

Atlanta
Atlanta
City Hall Elbert P. Tuttle United States
United States
Court of Appeals Building Federal Penitentiary Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Georgia Governor's Mansion Georgia Railroad Freight Depot Georgia State Capitol

Miss Freedom

Monuments

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Atlanta
from the Ashes (The Phoenix) Carnegie Education Pavilion Millennium Gate Oakland Cemetery Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain
Confederate Memorial World Athletes Monument

Museums

APEX Museum Atlanta
Atlanta
Contemporary Art Center Atlanta
Atlanta
Cyclorama & Civil War Museum Atlanta
Atlanta
History Center Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Children's Museum of Atlanta College Football Hall of Fame Delta Flight Museum Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Science Center Hammonds House Museum High Museum of Art Jimmy Carter Library and Museum Joel Chandler Harris House
Joel Chandler Harris House
(Wren's Nest) King Plow Arts Center Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell
House and Museum Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Michael C. Carlos Museum Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Museum of Design Atlanta National Center for Civil and Human Rights Rhodes Memorial Hall House Museum Robert C. Williams Paper Museum William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum World of Coca-Cola

Parks and wildlife

Atlanta
Atlanta
Botanical Garden BeltLine Stone Mountain Centennial Olympic Park Chastain Park Chattahoochee River Fernbank Forest Georgia Aquarium Grant Park Historic Fourth Ward Park Zoo
Zoo
Atlanta Piedmont Park Woodruff Park

Performing arts

Alliance Theatre Atlanta
Atlanta
Symphony Hall Atlanta
Atlanta
Civic Center Buckhead
Buckhead
Theatre Center for Puppetry Arts Fox Theatre Goat Farm Arts Center King Plow Arts Center Plaza Theatre Shakespeare Tavern The Masquerade The Tabernacle Tara Theatre Variety Playhouse Woodruff Arts Center

Residential (former)

Asa G. Candler Jr. (Callanwolde)

Water T. Candler (Lullwater)* Joel Chandler Harris (Wren's Nest) Alonzo F. Herndon Edward H. Inman (Swan House) Martin Luther King, Jr. Ferdinand McMillan (The Castle) Margaret Mitchell Edward C. Peters (Ivy Hall) Amos Giles Rhodes (Rhodes Hall) Rufus M. Rose Craigie House

Skyscrapers

Historic (pre-WWII)

Candler (1906) Flatiron (1897) Healey (1914) Hurt (1926) J. Mack Robinson (Empire) (1901) The Metropolitan (1911) Rhodes-Haverty (1929) Southern Bell (1929) William-Oliver (1930) Winecoff Hotel
Winecoff Hotel
(1913)

Downtown

25 Park Place
25 Park Place
(Trust Company of Georgia) 55 Marietta Street
55 Marietta Street
(Fulton National Bank) 191 Peachtree Tower Centennial Tower Equitable Five Points Plaza Fourth National Bank building Georgia Power Georgia-Pacific Tower Hyatt Regency Atlanta Marriott Marquis One Park Tower Peachtree Center Peachtree Summit State of Georgia Building SunTrust Plaza TWELVE Centennial Park Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

Midtown

12th & Midtown (1010 Midtown 10 Sixty Five Midtown 1075 Peachtree) 1100 Peachtree 1180 Peachtree 1280 West AT&T Midtown Center Atlantic Center Plaza Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station
(171 17th Street The Atlantic) Bank of America Plaza The Campanile Coca-Cola Colony Square CNN Center Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta/GLG Grand Georgian Terrace Hotel Mayfair Condominiums One Atlantic Center
One Atlantic Center
(IBM Tower) Promenade II Spire ViewPoint

Buckhead

2828 Peachtree 3344 Peachtree 3630 Peachtree Atlanta
Atlanta
Financial Center Atlanta
Atlanta
Plaza Buckhead
Buckhead
Grand Mandarin Oriental Paramount at Buckhead Park Avenue Condominiums Park Place The Pinnacle Realm Resurgens Plaza Terminus Tower Place

Perimeter Center

Concourse Corporate Center V & VI (King & Queen towers) Park Towers I & II Three Ravinia Drive

Sports venues

Bobby Dodd Stadium Georgia State Stadium GSU Sports Arena McCamish Pavilion Mercedes-Benz Stadium Philips Arena SunTrust Park

Former

688 Club Atlanta
Atlanta
Cabana Motel Atlanta
Atlanta
Hotel Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium Atlanta
Atlanta
(Confederate) Rolling Mill Atlantic Steel
Atlantic Steel
Mill Centennial Olympic Stadium† Coca-Cola Olympic City DeGive's Opera House Equitable Building (1892) Fourth National Bank Georgia Dome 3rd Georgia Governor's Mansion
Georgia Governor's Mansion
(John H. James mansion) Henry Grady Hotel Hotel Aragon Kimball House Loew's Grand Theatre Masonic Temple National Museum of Patriotism Omni Coliseum Paramount Theater Piedmont Hotel Ponce de Leon amusement park Ponce de Leon Park
Ponce de Leon Park
(ballpark) Ponce de Leon Springs Republic Block Rich's Riverbend Apartments Roxy Theatre SciTrek State Square Terminal Station Trout House Turner Broadcasting tower Turner Field† Union Stations: 1853 1871 1930 Post Office and Customs House/City Hall (1911-1930) Washington Hall

† – Centennial Olympic Stadium
Centennial Olympic Stadium
was rebuilt in 1997 as Turner Field. In turn, Turner Field
Turner Field
was rebuilt as Georgia State Stadium
Georgia State Stadium
in 2017.

Planned

Atlanta
Atlanta
Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal Atlan

.