During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Atlanta Zoo. The zoo is not out in some rural area as is the North Carolina Zoological Park, but instead is just out side of downtown. When we pulled up to the zoo, it reminded me of a public park and parking lots were small. Once through the gates and reviewing the map of the zoo we confirmed what we suspected that this zoo is a much smaller zoo then ours in NC. Not that it has less animals, but is condensed into a smaller area. The NC zoo may take you most the day to go from one end to the other, but here you could go back and forth in a crisscross pattern through out the day if needed.
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Even though it has a smaller zoo area, it has a lot packed into it as the map above shows. Some highlights for us included the Gorilla’s, Panda Bears, Elephants and the Kookaburra bird. They are known for their Panda Bear exhibit, and they did have one, but it small, but it was still cool to see Panda bears. The Gorilla’s on the other hand had a huge exhibit and there must have been close to 22 gorillas. We got to watch the Gorillas get fed and ask questions of the zoo employee that was doing the feeding. We also enjoyed a talk with the zoo personnel at the Kookaburra bird exhibit while they fed the bird crickets.
Unfortunately I think we were there a bit early in the season because there didn’t seem to be much zoo staff and some food stands were still closed. Below is a small selection of pictures taken at the zoo. You can watch the slide show or view selected pictures one at a time below the slide show.
During our Spring Break vacation, we visited the Georgia Aquarium. It is quite a nice aquarium for being squeezed into a small downtown Atlanta area. See the map below.
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Here is a map of the aquarium, click on the image for a larger view.
Highlights included a huge tank with fish, sharks, rays, etc…, with LARGE viewing areas… like 30ft by 50ft viewing windows and a tunnel. Touch tanks to feel sea urchins, sand sharks and sting rays… you can even get a chance to feed the sting rays. The Beluga whales were fun to watch. It was a fun day of viewing and learning.
Here are just a few of the many pictures I took that day in a slide show.
On the next day we went to the Virginia Living Museum [ http://www.thevlm.org/ ]. This was a fun place. There were animals to see inside and outside and the opportunity to learn is everywhere. Outside there was a raised walking trail to see the animals in a natural setting. Some of the animals they had outside were injured in the wild and nurtured to health in their facilities.
Inside there were places to learn and explore including different rocks and bones to identify, animals to identify by fur and small sea creatures to see and touch. There were dinosaurs and ducks, sharks and stingrays. There were tortoises and sea turtles. And there was a child play/explore/learn area. It was a great day and we highly recommend it.
Below are just a few pictures from the collection of 230 we took this day.