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Zoo Atlanta celebrates National Zookeepers Week

Zoo Atlanta celebrates National Zookeepers Week

ATLANTA – Celebrate National Zookeepers Week with Zoo Atlanta. This week, Zoo Atlanta is observing National Zookeepers Week. The week is observed every year in July by the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

President and CEO Raymond King of the American Association of Zoo Keepers said, “National Zookeepers Week is a great time for us to reflect on the talents and contributions of our amazing force of animal care professionals. They are stewards of our own collection, as well as role models working toward the good of wildlife living throughout the zoological community. “

About one-third of full-time employees at Zoo Atlanta are animal care staff.

Zoo Atlanta tiger joins Twitter

Zoo Atlanta tiger joins Twitter

ATLANTA -- The newest parent at Zoo Atlanta will soon be tweeting about her experiences as a first-time mother of two.

Chelsea, a seven-year-old Sumatran tiger, will be the focus of a new Twitter account providing a lighthearted look at the growth and development of the first tigers born at Zoo Atlanta in more than a decade.

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The two cubs were born July 5; Chelsea is currently bonding with them in a specially prepared indoor den.

Follow Chelsea: @SumatranTigerZA

Although it may be several weeks before the cubs make their official debut, guests now have the opportunity to watch the new arrivals live on camera from the Tiger/Sun

Zoo Atlanta eastern bongo expecting

Zoo Atlanta eastern bongo expecting

ATLANTA -- Matilda, a three-year-old eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, is expecting her first calf, veterinary teams confirmed Friday.

The calf will be the first for Matilda and her mate, three-year-old Tambo.

Zoo vets don't know the date of conception, but estimate that she will give birth between August and November of this year.

Eastern bongos are among the planet's rarest mammal species. There are believed to be fewer than 500 in the wild in their native Kenya.

Matilda and Tambo were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan, which works to maintain a self-sustaining, genetically diverse population in North America.

Zoo Atlanta tiger is expecting

Zoo Atlanta tiger is expecting

ATLANTA -- Another member of the Zoo Atlanta family is expecting.

Chelsea, a seven-year-old Sumatran tiger, is expecting her first litter. Her cubs will be the first offspring for her and her mate, 10-year-old Kavi, as well as the first tigers born at Zoo Atlanta in more than a decade.

The pregnancy was confirmed via ultrasound May 20.

"We're delighted about Chelsea's pregnancy. We were hopeful that she was expecting, but it's very exciting to have our suspicions confirmed in an ultrasound," said Dr. Dwight Lawson, deputy director of Zoo Atlanta.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

Baby gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta

Baby gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is welcoming the newest addition to its gorilla family.

Kudzoo, a 17-year-old female western lowland gorilla, gave birth to an infant in the early morning hours of Monday, May 9.

This is the second offspring for Kudzoo and 21-year-old male Taz. The newborn is also the third grandchild of the late Willie B.

"We're very excited about the birth of Kudzoo's infant, particularly given Atlanta's long connection to Willie B.'s family," said Dwight Lawson, deputy director of Zoo Atlanta. "Kudzoo has already proven to be an excellent mother, and she appears to be demonstrating those same maternal skills in the care of her newest arrival."

Born Feb.

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.