It’s difficult to know where to begin describing Zoo Atlanta, which houses more than 1,500 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world. But the giant pandas are as good a place as any, especially since panda twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan – the only twin pandas in the United States – were born at Zoo Atlanta July 15, 2013. What a joy it has been to watch them grow.
5 Reasons to Visit Zoo Atlanta
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center makes Zoo Atlanta one of only four zoos in the United States housing the adorable black and white critters.
The Asian Forest is home to the largest zoological collection of orangutans.
The Ford African Rain Forest houses the nation’s largest collection of gorillas – more than 20.
Zoo Atlanta’s herpetology collection is one of the foremost in the country.
Zoo Atlanta claims the world’s only zoological collection of Guatemalan lizards
Getting to the Zoo
Zoo Atlanta is located in historic Grant Park, minutes from downtown Atlanta and less than a mile from Turner Field – home of the Atlanta Braves.
Off of Interstate 20, Take Exit 59A (Boulevard) and proceed south 0.5 mile. Park in the lots on Boulevard.
Off Interstate 75/85, take Exit 246 (Fulton Street) and drive east on Fulton Street. Turn right at Capitol Avenue. Follow Capitol to first light, turn left on Georgia Avenue. Georgia Avenue ends at the Cherokee Avenue lot.
Parking is FREE.