Memory Profiles: Zoo Atlanta

Memory Profiles: Zoo Atlanta

Recently, I had a fun idea for a new type of posts, and I got the inspiration for it from the topic that I’ll be talking about today! So here’s my idea:

What if I were to write posts about different places and activities that I’ve loved going to and doing over the years, then find pictures of me as a kid doing those specific things? I think it’d be fun to compile together, talk about, and let all of my readers see how I looked as a kid. It might be humiliating sometimes, but hey, we all went through those awkward stages. (At least, I think we did … lol!)

So, here’s a bit of information for today’s post:

  • It’s one of my all-time favorite places to go.
  • Because I live so close, I usually go multiple times a year.
  • My dad helped build one of the new exhibits.
  • I can’t remember the first time that I went.

Today, I’ll be talking all about Zoo Atlanta!!

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{A Bit About It}

Zoo Atlanta is an absolutely wonderful zoo. It has a large variety of animals, good-sized exhibits, very nice staff members and volunteers, and the way the whole park is laid out … I could go on and on about how much I love it!

Because my family and I live less than an hour away, we’ve had a membership most years, which is so nice. We’re able to spread out what animals we’d like to see over the course of a few trips instead of trying to pack it all into one day!

As I mentioned a moment ago, the park has an epic layout, and that is by habitat or country, so there’s a place for the African animals (lions, meerkats, zebras, warthogs, etc), a place for rainforest animals (gorillas and other monkeys), a place for Australian animals (kangaroos, kookaburras, etc), a place for Asian animals (pandas, sun bears, etc.), and so on. There are also animals that don’t come from a specific geographical places, like different birds and domestic animals (i.e. the petting zoo), but for the most part, it’s very easy to figure out from the map where each animal is located.

The first time I ever went was in 2002, and I don’t remember it except through pictures because … I was two. (That’s the featured image of this post!)

{When You Get There}

The first thing you see when you get into the zoo are the flamingos.

2010 (10 and 6); me and Joshua with the flamingos
And honestly, that exhibit has seemed so boring to me after going to the Birmingham Zoo last year, because their flamingo exhibit is designed so that you can feed the birds out of your hand!

2016 (16); hand-feeding a flamingo at Birmingham Zoo
Sorry, I couldn’t help including that picture, haha. Alright, back to the Atlanta Zoo.

The exhibit that excited me even more (if that was possible!) than the petting zoo was the unveiling of the budgie exhibit in 2010. I was legitimately soooo excited, you don’t even know.

2010 (10); feeding a parakeet by hand
I’m pretty sure the picture above was of the first time a budgie trusted me to eat from the food stick I always had with me when walking around that exhibit. Such a fun experience! (But I found out when we went to the zoo a few weeks ago that the exhibit is now permanently closed so that they can expand the elephant exhibit. 😦 I understand why they’re doing it, but I’ll always miss it.)

2012 (12); feeding a parakeet
#RIPParakeetExhibit

After checking out the flamingos, there are two different ways you can go; the first, which is also the one that most people take, is the path to the African exhibits, starting with the elephants, then leading to the warthogs, meerkats, and so on; and the second way is to the playground/Treetop Trail, which then leads to the attractions: a carousel, rock climbing, and this cursΓ©d climbing thing.

2016 (16); crazy rock climbing/bungee/slide thing
Back in September of last year, I decided to climb up the inside of that thing with my brothers … and instantly went into survival mode. Not only did I have to figure out how to get myself to the top, but I also helped Samuel (5) and Joshua (12) find their way up, as well. It was strenuous, stressful, and a huge struggle. Hah! I don’t recommend this contraption for any ages.

2016 (16); playing the drums at the playground
They recently shifted the playground around to the back of the area where it has always been because of the all-new [disappointing] Treetop Trail, which is set up right above the playground area! The most also disappointing thing about the playground growing up was that they don’t have any swings; just different things to climb on.

If you continue on through the park, you’ll see that the carousel is fairly close to that awful climbing thing. lol

2016 (16); riding the carousel
I’m pretty sure that all of the carousel animals can be seen at the zoo – for example, in the picture above, the three of us were riding a trio of pandas! Our main goal on the carousel is to find the animals that ride the highest for maximum fun. hahah

Once you’re done checking out the attractions, you can check out the birds, Australian animals, and the petting zoo.

2002 (2); brushing a goat at the petting zoo

2004 (4); riding the wooden horse

2010 (10); petting a goat at the petting zoo
I already shared some photos of me with the goats, so here’s one of me “riding” an old wooden horse that used to be there. I think that’s a SpongeBob Band-Aid on my knee. xD

Once you’re done there, you can head over to the Wild Planet CafΓ©.

2016 (16); Wild Planet CafΓ©
Heads-up: it’s not really a cafΓ© – think more along the lines of “cafeteria”!! Our favorite things to get there are the pizza and the fries, but they also have a nice selection of other lunch foods, as well.

Continuing on through the park from there, you can visit the pandas and other animals from Asia, and then head over to the rainforest animals area, which mainly consists of the gorilla exhibit.

2003 (3); posing on the gorilla statue
Haha! Who knew I could be so stoked about gorillas. My favorite time to visit the gorillas are when there are babies; they love coming up to the thick glass panes of the indoor viewing area and playing around with the children watching them.

Now, if you’ll remember from the beginning of this post, I mentioned that my dad helped build one of the new exhibits. That’s because he works in construction (he drives a concrete truck), and they needed a lot of concert when they built the new reptile house!

In all honesty, I love the old reptile house from the 70’s way more. But the new one has some really cool animals, too.

2016 (16); some of the animals in the new reptile house
To anyone who’s scared of snakes: I’m sorry if the pictures above disturbed you. These were very chill snakes; nothing vicious, I assure you πŸ˜€ (But then, I’ve always had a thing for snakes.)

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what your favorite parts about Zoo Atlanta are if you’ve ever been.

What’s YOUR favorite zoo? What do you love about it?

— Maggie

36 thoughts on “Memory Profiles: Zoo Atlanta

  1. What a great tour of the zoo!! lol at that awful climbing thing LOL. The pictures added a lot to the story. You looked sooooo cute πŸ™‚ lol Sounds like an absolutely wonderful place to spend many days exploring. Luckily you live close and can spread it out.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, it’s definitely an awful attraction! I had to give a few little kids a boost up to the next level because they were getting stuck, haha! Yes, the zoo is a wonderful place; I’ve enjoyed going there over the years. πŸ™‚

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  2. That was a very fun read😁
    As for my favorite zoo…I haven’t been to an actual zoo in many years! But, I have gone to Disney World and Animal Kingdom is basically a HUGE zoo! Many animals! My favorite animals to see there would probably be the giraffes!!!

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  3. Thanks for the tour and the lovely photos! My, what an awesome gorilla statue! I won’t mind having it in my home πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to the zoo in ages because it’s not one of my favorite place to visit, but I’ve been contemplating on visiting sometime this year. The Reptile House is my favorite because I look forward to the snakes.

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    1. You’re very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, it is a pretty neat statue πŸ™‚ I’m sorry you don’t like your zoo very much; I’ve been to different zoos, but none of them have topped the awesome experience of Zoo Atlanta for me. Yay, someone else who likes snakes! I was beginning to think that I was alone in my fascination of them, haha.

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      1. I don’t like zoos in general. ^^ Yes, I’ve been fascinated by snakes for a long time! I also prefer to admire them from afar although from time to time I see them up-close where I live.

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  4. That was a nice post! Oh, I would LOVE the Asian exhibit, because pandas and Sunbears are so cute, especially because Sunbears are only like 4 feet tall! Great photos, and the goat is so cute.

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  5. That climbing thingy looks incredible! I would love to jump onto it, but I will leave it to the kids. I like this idea for a post, I always find it interesting returning to places you loved as a kid when you’re older. I recently went to our local zoo in Wellington with my day care centre. I found the whole trip a tad stressful, just keeping an eye on the kids and that they don’t stray too far. I didn’t really get to look at the animals too much. They had a blast though, and I loved seeing the zoo through their eyes. Reminded me of how I felt being a tiny tot at the zoo.

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    1. Yeah, it is pretty cool! The only flaw is that the levels are too far apart; if they were closer, it’d be able to be climbed! Haha. Thanks! I had fun writing it πŸ™‚ if you’d like to write a post like this of your own, please feel free to; I’d love to see that! Gah, I can imagine that it is stressful – but I’m glad they had fun!

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  6. Aww, animals! 😍😍😍 You look cute in the photos too. πŸ™‚

    I think I’ve only been to one zoo, and I was too young to remember it. XD I enjoyed reading and looking at photos of your zoo adventures!

    I like the animals, snakes and all! I’m fine with snakes if there is glass between us. XD

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    1. Thanks, Grace! Aw, well I hope you get to go to one at some point πŸ™‚ They’re so much fun! I enjoy visiting the nature preserves near us, as well, but zoos are way cooler. Haha same here!! I appreciate snakes from a safe distance πŸ˜‚

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      1. Me too! πŸ™‚ I’ve been to a nature preserve – in August of last year, a friend and I took a trip to one. They didn’t have many animals, but they had lizards, frogs, and snakes and a hiking trail, so it was pretty cool! It was hard to get photos through the glass, but I got a few shots of the rattlesnakes. It was HUGE. 😱

        I don’t mind the non-poisonous ones. There is a ribbon snake that likes to hang around our front yard, and he’s pretty harmless, so we just try to stay out of each others way if we meet. XD I still want a photo of him if I can get close enough and if I’m fast enough though. There is also a green snake that comes around every once in a while, and I did get photos of him, if you want to see: https://followinghimbesidestillwaters.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/color-your-world-screaming-green-snake/ I only got that close because I knew it was harmless, haha.

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      2. That’s cool! Yeah rattlesnakes, as well as pythons, can be GIANT sometimes. It’s kind of intimidating hahaha!
        Last year when I was mowing our grass, I found a baby snake that I almost ran over with the mower, and before I could call my brothers over to see it, it had disappeared in the gravel by our driveway. Haha!

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      3. It MIGHT have been a baby copperhead … although I can’t really remember what it looked like now. lol Honestly, it was probably a completely harmless snake! πŸ˜‚

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      4. GASP. Aww, haha! Whatever the case, it’s always exciting to find one – as long as you don’t find it by stepping on it. XD My mom was raking leaves earlier this year, and uncovered a baby copperhead. It tried to bite her rake. They are quite aggressive.

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  7. I feel the crushing blow of no swings! I love swings, and when I have the opportunity, I go swinging. It’s really good exercise, I don’t care how old you get. I love birds, and am so happy you got to experience them so close πŸ™‚

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