Zoo Atlanta has been one of my family’s favorite places to visit since we moved to Georgia. With demonstrations, attractions and of course the animals, it makes for the perfect outdoor family adventure.
The bang for your buck is great. First, you can bring in your own food and drinks. This helps cut costs down dramatically. For those who prefer to eat there, the Cafe offers family meals and refillable souvenir mugs that can be used for future visits.
And speaking of future visits, family memberships are a bargain, starting at $129 a year for two adults and four kids. I was able to take not only my own kids but a friends’ as well many times.
Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. One area is the Zoo’s KIDZone. Here you will find playground, Zoo train, endangered species carousel, Canopy Climber and rock-climbing wall, and Splash Fountain.
NEW just in time for spring break is Treetop Trail! This two-level structure allows guests to navigate rope ladders, bridges, nets, and tightrope-style foot lines. There is even a zip-line! Participants will be safely secured and tethered with full-body harness and lanyard to a continuous overhead tracking system.
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The panda exhibit is a guest favorite. Atlanta has been fortunate to house Giant Pandas since 1999 and is actually one of only four institutions in the U.S. Lun Lun (female) and Yang Yang (male) have had 7 cubs since arriving in Atlanta with 4 being sets of twins. Both sets survived and the newest twins, Ya Lun and Xi Lun are still here in Atlanta.
Twins don’t normally survive and the original twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan were the first to be born in the U.S. In 2014 the two were transferred to reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China with their older brother Po.
If you can’t make it to Zoo Atlanta and/or want to learn more about Pandas then you need to see DISNEYNATURE’S BORN IN CHINA. The film explores different areas of China, capturing enchanting pandas in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in the Si Chuan province, golden snub-nosed monkeys in the Hubei Shennongjia National Nature Reserve in the middle of the Yangtze river, and the elusive snow leopards in the Qinghai Province, Yushu County, which is on the northeast rim of the Tibetan plateau—5,000 meters above sea level.
Director Lu Chuan says, “I wanted to show how these animals are metaphors. They give birth, like we do. They do their best to raise their cubs, like we do. They succeed and they fail. And when they fail, consequences can be dire. Their drive to do what is best for their families resonates with all of us.”
BORN IN CHINA opens in theaters everywhere this month: April 21st!
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