We were able to stay with Henry for a few days while he acclimated to his new home and help with his introduction to his new buddies! While it may take some time for the three boys to really get to know each other, we saw nothing but positive interactions between all of them! We can’t wait to see how Henry takes on this next chapter in his life. Thank you for following along on my #TakeoverTuesday I hope you all enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at an animal transfer!
Throughout our trip, we made sure Henry was comfortable, had plenty of food and water, and remained content as we traveled. I often sat back right next to his crate near him and hand-fed him his favorite foods to keep him comfortable and occupied. #TakeoverTuesday – Hayley T.
As you can see, it really takes a village! I was so proud of how our Zoo team worked together so well to pull this off flawlessly! #TakeoverTuesday – Hayley T.
To ensure comfortable travels for Henry, we got to work many weeks ago on positive reinforcement training to help him feel comfortable in his travel crate and enter it voluntarily. Henry was a rockstar with this training, and he went fully into the crate voluntarily on our first training session. The crate + Henry weighed more than 1,000 pounds, so we knew we had to bring in some help to maneuver it into the van safely. #TakeoverTuesday – Hayley T.
Zoo Atlanta is home to one of the largest populations of gorillas in North America, and recently that population went down by one. As we recently announced, Henry, a 9-year- old male in Taz’s family group, left Zoo Atlanta to form a bachelor troop with two other young males at another AZA-accredited zoo on recommendations from the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP ). #TakeoverTuesday – Hayley T.
Hi everyone! I’m Hayley, Keeper II on the Gorilla Care Team at Zoo Atlanta. Today I will be showing you a special behind-the-scenes look at a road trip I recently went on with our Assistant Primate Curator, Jodi. Where did I go and what did I do, you may ask? Stay tuned to find out! #TakeoverTuesday – Hayley T.
We recently tried some new enrichment in our behind-the-scenes area for the giant pandas. One of the most challenging and rewarding parts of being an animal care professional is trying to constantly think of novel and engaging enrichment for the animals in our care. Since we can't offer a new item every single day, this often means re-purposing some of our existing items and offering them in new ways. If you follow the Zoo Atlanta pandas, then you have seen the hammock that is usually hanging up in one of our dayrooms. You probably also know that the pandas all love it, and will spend time eating, resting, and playing on it. We are lucky enough to have two hammocks, so we thought it would be fun to offer one behind the scenes for the first time. So far Lun Lun and Yang Yang have both had access to the hammock, and both seem to be enjoying it. Lun Lun is more interested in using it as a table for her bamboo shoots, but Yang Yang is taking full advantage of his new lounging spot. ⠀ Danica W.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals ⠀ Photo by Danica W.⠀ #OnlyZooATL #ZAPandas
It’s always bittersweet, but exciting, when youngsters who’ve grown up with us here at Zoo Atlanta are ready for a new chapter in their lives! Henry the western lowland gorilla left Zoo Atlanta on May 15 for a new home at another AZA-accredited zoo. The move was recommended by the AZA Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP ), the cooperative program that makes recommendations for all gorillas living in accredited zoos within the North American population. Henry is the son of Taz and Kuchi and was born here at the Zoo on May 23, 2010. While we’ll surely miss him here in our Zoo family, we’re proud to have been part of his early years, and we’ll be excited for updates from his new home! Stay tuned for more about Henry’s move during a special edition of #TakeoverTuesday tomorrow.
Brew at the Zoo presented by Groupon is officially one week away! Have you bought your tickets yet? Tickets include over 70 different types of beer samples from breweries like Atlanta Brewing Company, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Cherry St. Brewing,Eventide, Kona Brewing Company, Monday Night Brewing and more! Click the link in our bio to purchase now and reserve your spot. This event has sold out in past years! #OnlyZooATL
Did you know that all subspecies of tigers are endangered (and three already are extinct )? It is believed there are as few as 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild which means we could lose them in our lifetime if changes aren’t made. Zoo Atlanta is home to two critically endangered Sumatran tigers, Chelsea and Sparky, who are ambassadors for their species. By seeing, smelling and hearing these species, our hope is you make a connection that causes you to take action and help! #OnlyZooATL
Just in time for Endangered Species Day, Zoo Atlanta celebrates the birth of a rare new arrival. An infant crowned lemur was born May 4, 2019, to parents Sava and Xonsu. Female Sava, 5, and male Xonsu, 6, were recommended to pair by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA ) Species Survival Plan® (SSP ). They welcomed their first surviving offspring, daughter Sophie, on April 28, 2018. Classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ), crowned lemurs are found on the northernmost tip of Madagascar – the only place on Earth where the more than 100 known species of lemur are found. One of the planet’s richest hotspots of biodiversity, Madagascar is also home to some of Earth’s most imperiled wildlife. Like all lemurs, crowned lemurs face pressing threats from habitat loss and habitat fragmentation as a result of slash-and-burn agriculture; charcoal production; gold and sapphire mining; and illegal hunting. “The birth of an endangered species is always a moment of celebration and hope,” said Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD, Vice President of Collections and Conservation. “When the future of biodiversity is as uncertain as it is in places like Madagascar and so many other places around the world, cooperative programs like the SSP play a vital role in making sure that animal populations outside the wild maintain the health and genetic diversity that are crucial to these species’ viability in the long-term.” The crowned lemur is one of hundreds of species with zoological populations safeguarded by SSP programs in AZA-accredited organizations in North America. Zoo Atlanta is an active member of many SSPs, which exist to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining for future generations. The newborn, whose sex is not yet known, may be spotted with its parents and sister Sophie in the Zoo’s Living Treehouse habitat, which is also home to ringtailed lemurs, another endangered species, and black-and-white-ruffed lemurs, a critically endangered species. #OnlyZooATL
Tomorrow is our first celebration of Sun Bear Day presented by Teddy Grahams! Sun bears are the least-recognized of the eight bear species (usually confused with sloth bears ), but their populations throughout southeast Asia are declining, and they are at risk of extinction. How can you #TakeAction ? Download Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s palm oil app to learn which products you buy contain palm oil and whether that palm oil is sustainable.⠀ ⠀ Sustainable = Buy it!⠀ Needs improvement = Don’t buy it!
Here at Zoo Atlanta, we provide Bob and Nancy with a variety of fruit, including kiwi, mango, papaya, banana and grapes. If you watch this video carefully, can you guess which fruit is their favorite? #TakeoverTuesday - Bird Team
As Nancy and Bob have just recently joined our flock, we are doing our best to make sure they are comfortable in their new home and with their new care team. One way we build trust with the birds is by tossing them fruit to create a positive relationship. Check out their incredible beak-eye coordination! #TakeoverTuesday - Bird Team
Rhinoceros hornbills are large fruit-eating birds native to southeast Asia. When visiting Bob and Nancy, you’ll immediately notice the large, horn-like casques on the top of their heads. Not only is this how they got their name, but this unique feature also allows their call to be amplified throughout the Zoo! #TakeoverTuesday - Bird Team
Good morning! For #TakeoverTuesday today, we would like to formally introduce you to some of the newest members of the Bird Team … Bob and Nancy, the rhinoceros hornbills! Follow us throughout the day to learn more about these charismatic birds. First, let us show you how to get there!
Giant pandas have been around for thousands of years. Some of the biggest threats that giant pandas face today, such as habitat fragmentation, didn't become a problem until the agricultural and land development splurge in the last hundred years or so. Up until the late 1800s, little was known about giant pandas or their behavior. They are an extremely elusive carnivore often on the search for a new patch of bamboo. Their historical natural range didn't have them coming into contact with humans often at all. It took a lot of effort and determination for researchers to collect some of the first pieces of data we have on giant pandas in their natural habitats. It's crazy to think that despite being a well-known and recognized species across the world and all cultures, it wasn't until recent years that we really started getting a grasp on giant panda behavior. As a matter of fact, their entire genome even wasn't sequenced until 2010!⠀ Danica W.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals ⠀ ⠀ #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL #Panda ⠀ (photo by Danica W. )
Heads up! We’ve got two great awareness events coming up this week: Sun Bear Day presented by Teddy Grahams on Thursday, May 16, and Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 17 . Join us for activities highlighting some of the world’s amazing species. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org. #OnlyZooATL
We’re thanking moms for all they do with a free day at the Zoo! This offer is only valid Sunday, May 12, 2019. To enjoy this discount, it’s only necessary to purchase a single regularly-priced child’s or adult’s general admission ticket for the family member accompanying mom to the Zoo – mom doesn’t need a ticket! ⠀ Visit zooatlanta.org for more information. #MothersDay #OnlyZooATL ⠀ ⠀ Photo: #FlashbackFriday to Kudzoo and Mija in 2016
Did we mention we have Yoga and it’s only $10? Join us for “Primate Poses” this Saturday, May 11 during Family Zoo Yoga! It will be indoors at the Willie B. Conservation Center if it’s raining - it’s a rain or shine event! Click the link in our bio to register. #OnlyZooATL
One thing you all might have noticed from your visits to Zoo Atlanta or the pictures we have shared is that the outdoor habitats, dayrooms and behind-the-scenes night areas all look pretty empty during bamboo shoot season! Without all that extra “fluff” of bamboo leaves, when we offer the bears the equivalent weight of bamboo shoots, it looks like nothing compared to that same weight in bamboo! It’s just another short-lived perk of shoot season – a season that unfortunately only lasts about a month in Georgia! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL Jen W. Keeper III, Mammals
This Saturday, May 11, we’ll be celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, so today is a perfect day to learn how you can help our feathered friends who live around us. One way you can #TakeAction is to cut back on (or cut out ) your single-use plastics, like plastic straws, grocery bags and coffee cups. Only about 8 percent of plastic in the U.S. gets recycled, and plastic is responsible for approximately one billion bird deaths (mostly by ingestion ) every year. Thanks for making choices that have a positive benefit on wildlife! (Photo courtesy of The 5 Gyres Institute )