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Have BIG fun at the Zoo Atlanta Big-To-Do

Have BIG fun at the Zoo Atlanta Big-To-Do

ATLANTA, Ga. – Bring the entire family to Zoo Atlanta for the 20th Anniversary of the “Big-To-Do”. Visiting Nurse|Hospice Atlanta, in conjunction, with Zoo Atlanta is hosting this benefit with “twenty steps” throughout the Zoo for children and adults to enjoy the animals and the festivities. The event will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy door prizes, games, animal viewings and listen to African drums as they travel through the zoo through every exhibit from the Ford African Rain Forest to the Asian Forest. Children will be able to create candy necklaces, enter the rock-climbing competition, and meet fairy tale queens “Snow White and Cinderella”, take photos at the photo booth and get “cool” designs painted on their face.

Enjoy a “backyard-style” BBQ and go home with a tale-tell T-shirt. Ticket packages to this event are $500, adults will be admitted for $75 and children, 12 and under, for $40.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

GRANT PARK: New additions to Zoo Atlanta Ape Family

GRANT PARK: New additions to Zoo Atlanta Ape Family

ATLANTA - The year 2011, according to the Chinese calendar, is the year of the rabbit. According to some, rabbits are seen as being one of the most fertile mammals in the animal kingdom; thus, making 2011, the year of fertility.


At Zoo Atlanta, Blaze, a 15-year-old Sumatran orangutan and Kudzoo, a 17-year-old lowland silverback gorilla are proving that, perhaps, the Chinese calender is correct.


Blaze and 32-year-old, male orangutan Benny are expecting their infant, sometime between November and December.


While Kudzoo, the firstborn of the legendary Zoo Atlanta gorilla Willie B. is expected to deliver her infant in late April or early May. Veterinary teams have been monitoring Kudzoo, very closely, due to her recent miscarriage.

Zoo Atlanta gets new exhibit in early April

Zoo Atlanta gets new exhibit in early April

ATLANTA – On April 1, Zoo Atlanta will welcome three new mammals to the new exclusive exhibit, Complex Carnivores. The new series of events will showcase: bush dogs, binturong and fossa. The animals won’t be the only new carnivores in the Zoo; adjacent to their habitats.

The Complex Carnivores habitat also features a carnivorous plant bog and a tiger training panel. The new tiger training demonstrations will provide guests an up close and personal view at Zoo Atlanta as animal care professionals share the tools of their trade.

Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"

Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"

GRANT PARK, Ga. – (submitted by the Georgia Marathon) Because Karhu mean’s ‘bear’ in Finnish, The Run Wild 5K, a part of the Publix Georgia Marathon race weekend of events, invites runners to come out on Saturday, March 19, and try to "Beat the Karhu Bear."  The first 10 runners who "Beat the Karhu bear” during the 5K and cross the finish line before the bear, will be presented with a coupon good for a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice.  Others who finish ahead of the Karhu Bear will receive a free Karhu t-shirt.  The race starts and finishes on the Circle Drive near the Cyclorama in the Grant Park area at 8AM.  The Run Wild 5K will be followed by the Kids Fun Run at 9AM, open to all kids age 10 and under.

Are Atlantans Visiting Some Of The World’s Last Turtles?

Are Atlantans Visiting Some Of The World’s Last Turtles?

ATLANTA – (submitted by Atlanta Zoo/Keisha Hines) One might assume that an animal with a shell has one of nature’s greatest built-in security systems. If that were true, there might not be a need to identify 2011 with the conservation imperative, “Year of the Turtle.” But according to a new report issued by a consortium of conservation groups, many of the turtles currently housed at Zoo Atlanta are among the last of their kind.

Issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Turtle Conservation Fund on February 21, 2011, the report included an alarmingly long list of turtle species now at risk of extinction. Three of the 25 species listed at “extremely high risk of extinction” are represented at Zoo Atlanta: the McCord’s box turtle; Burmese star tortoise; and Sulawesi forest turtle.

“Coffee and Cub Conversations” at Zoo Atlanta, January 27th

“Coffee and Cub Conversations” at Zoo Atlanta, January 27th

On Saturday, January 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Zoo Atlanta will host an event, “Coffee and Cub Conversations” to chat with experts about the baby pandas progress. As the only giant panda cub in the U.S. draws closer to his public debut this spring, his fans have an opportunity to spend an intimate morning discussing his progress with the experts who know him best.

Conversations will feature a special roundtable discussion with curators, veterinarian’s keepers, moderated by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Mark Davis. The program will only be available during Coffee and Cub Conversations. Although technically in absentia, the guest of honor and his mother, Lun Lun, will make appearances on camera during a rare Saturday PandaCam viewing for Coffee and Cub guests.

Admission to this event is $20 for Zoo Members; $25 for non-Members. Discounted advance tickets are available online on zooatlanta.org.