Zoo Atlanta is one of the most amazing attractions in Atlanta. It brings me back to zoo visits as a kid – the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and the Bronx Zoo in New York – with my family, that feeling of amazement to see wild animals up close, watch them being fed, running from habitat to habitat, not wanting to leave!
Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, you can be enthralled and captivated by what you find at Zoo Atlanta. From live animal shows to the daily petting zoo which give you up close and personal interaction with a variety of animals, to watching the gorilla and orangutan feedings and hearing lectures about various species in the park during animal talks.
My favorite thing to do, however, is to find a bench and just sit and watch. It’s relaxing and fascinating to just watch the animals, especially the giant pandas and the giraffes…now with their baby! And speaking of babies – voting is on now to name Zoo Atlanta’s first baby giraffe! Now through Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at noon, you can cast your vote to name the baby giraffe at Zoo Atlanta – all of the name options originates from Swahili and has been submitted by Zoo Atlanta staff, volunteers, and Atlanta media outlets and personalities. Vote today and you’ll also be entered to win a Zoo Atlanta Family Membership and an exclusive behind-the-scenes animal encounter (of course, as with all contests, there are restrictions – see the website for details.) The winning name for the baby giraffe will be announced during a special naming ceremony on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM.
Now, I have never been a big fan of wild animals in captivity, but visiting somewhere like Zoo Atlanta, where their vision, mission and values revolve around research, education and conservation, makes one appreciate the work that modern-day zoo facilities have the opportunity to do. I am impressed every time I visit with the lushness and beauty of the habitats and the incredible experience of observing these beautiful animals in person.