Atlanta’s oldest cultural destination began the day a menagerie came to town – and never left.
In March 1889, a traveling show bound for Marietta, GA, stalled just south of its destination when cash flow problems forced its owner into bankruptcy. Left behind by defecting circus employees, the animals began to draw crowds of curious onlookers. Two weeks later, businessman George Valentine Gress purchased the collection at public auction and donated the animals to the city of Atlanta. City leaders relocated them to picturesque Grant Park, a favorite local picnic and promenade destination. Featuring a jaguar, a hyena, a black bear, a raccoon, an elk, a gazelle, a Mexican hog, lionesses, pumas, camels and snakes, Atlanta’s first zoological venue opened to the public that April. A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences.
The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the allnew African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats, and Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama.
M821 Zoo Atlanta Ad ’20 (Ages 12+) ITT Price $24.00 Gate Price $26.99 (Mon-Thu), $29.99 (Fri-Sun)
M822 Zoo Atlanta Ch ’20 (Ages 3-11) ITT Price $19.00 Gate Price $20.99 (Mon-Thu); $21.99 (Fri-Sun)
Children under 2 free
All active-duty, reserves, veterans, and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive free admission to Zoo Atlanta; valid military ID required at Zoo Admissions. Regular admission rates will apply to family members and other guests, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Please order in advance as tickets could take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive on station. Ticket Prices subject to change. All Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.