March 28, 2016

Discover Georgia: Zoo Atlanta

Hi everyone!

A couple of weekends ago, my sister and her family (plus inlaws) planned a trip to Zoo Atlanta. I took a few photos and I've decided to use this post as part of my DISCOVER GEORGIA series. Whenever I go somewhere within Georgia, even if it's next door and I think it's worth spotlighting, I'll add it to the series, so that you my wonderful readers can get a sense of what it's like here.

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My first port of call, was Zoo Atlanta. It's open almost every day of the year apart from Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. It costs $23 for adults (12+), $18 for kids (3 - 11), 19 for senior citizens (65+) and free for children 2 years and under. The rates are lowered when you're in a group of 10 or more. The opening hours are from 9:30am until 6:30pm on weekends, but open until 5:30pm on weekdays.

We were really excited about going to the zoo, especially the kids. I can't even remember the last time I went to a proper zoo and saw animals. I looked forward to seeing flamingos so much. For some reason they seem really graceful and almost mythical to me.

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Just that the water was really gross and dirty.

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My nephews and nieces had a ball at the zoo. They kept screaming in delight over all the animals.

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There's my sister from the Sister Tag video. She's back in school now, but graduating this year.

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I can't even lie, throughout the visit at the zoo, I kept thinking about The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Meanwhile, the elephants smelled so baaaaaaaad. Pooping all over the place - ewww!!!

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I wanted to see the lions and take photos, but they were sleeping, which made my sister and sing, "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps toniiiiiight." Corny, I know, but WONDERFULLY SO!

Well, the giraffes were fun to look at.

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I can't see a sculpture of any kind and not want to take a photo, like I mentioned in my post about my Owerri and Calabar trips.

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We saw snakes also. The children were the most excited over the snakes. My sister and her sister-in-law refused to go inside the snake exhibit. I took photos o, but I was cringing the whole time. Even while editing the photos, I refused to look directly at them :p

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There were a lot more snakes, but NAH BRUH! No more photos plixx. The tortoises and turtles were cute though.

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You guys, we need to pray for my phone. I put the whole trip on Snapchat and the plan was to compile the video story from that day and post here, so you could see both photos and videos. That's how my phone refused to download anything. So the photos you're seeing here are VERY VERY few, compared to what I could have shown. That being said, the gorillas exhibit was great. They are in this large outdoor enclosure and quite a number of them. They were hugging each other and playing with each other. One reached out to touch my niece's hand through the glass door/wall. 

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By the way, at the gorilla and monkey exhibits the following signs were posted. Dear Nigerians, please stop eating bushmeat! You're wiping out the primates... although after watching Planet of the Apes, I don't mind.

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Who remembers King Louie from The Jungle Book?!?!?! Orangutans are strange animals, don't you think?

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My sister was excited to see a komodo dragon. I wasn't. But I took photos anyway.

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The hornbills were the only birds I was able to take good photographs of.

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Fun fact: Zoo Atlanta is one of the few zoos that has a Giant Panda! Who has watched Kungfu Panda?

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I like the way he was just chilling with his bamboo.

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I think we spent around 4.5 hours at the zoo. I'm not even sure we saw all the animals. I know at some point, I got tired of taking photos and my feet ached! It was a fun time though and highly recommended for a day trip.

What are some of your favorite animals? Or are you like me who's scared of them?

29 comments:

  1. Nigerians love their bushmeat o. Nothing can come between them, not even Ebola, lol.

    If you call these pictures 'few', then I wonder what a lot would be like.

    What do you do when witches are eating your hair?

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    1. Lol @ not even Ebola.

      BTW I took many more photos than these. A whole lot more

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  2. I love to look at animals. I had the best time at a Sea Life aquarium. As for snakes, I hate everything about them. I refuse to go anywhere they are rumoured to be. I have never seen a live snake, not even at the zoo and I hope to God I never do.

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    1. Aquariums are so much fun! I think even better than zoos.

      My dad refuses to even look at photos of snakes. Not on TV, not in books, nothing.

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  3. I speedily scrolled past the snake pictures.

    My phobia for snakes are both real and imagined...hehehe.

    I love the Panda and Giraffe.

    #WhiteDiamondOut

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    1. Looool, just like my dad. He would probably even yell at me for even taking the photos.

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  4. Wow, that's a real zoo with elephants, giraffes, snakes and a giant panda! The zoo I visited here in Minnesota has mostly monkeys and birds. *sigh* I enjoyed looking at the photos. If I ever come to Atlanta, I'll definitely be visiting the zoo.

    Precious Core Blog

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    1. Really? I would have thought most zoos in Hamrika would be full of all kinds of animals

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  5. I need to visit. After spending so many years in the A, I just took it for granted that I would visit. I also haven't been to the Fernbank Museum or Stone Mountain

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    1. Whaaaaaaaaa?! Been to Stone Mountain a couple of times. I don't think I went to Fernbank. The High Museum is so cool though!

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  6. I've been to Atlanta twice but I sadly didn't go to the zoo, went to Six Flags, stone mountain and Chuck E Cheese's though, and the CNN centre.
    This post just made me want to pack my bags and explore the world.
    I think the Elephant and Giraffe are soooo cute!!
    I'm sure you don't miss the traffic in Lagos.

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    1. I can't even try Six Flags again. I did it so much waaay back when but now I'd be too scared.

      The elephants stunk mehn. No cuteness there.

      Nope. I don't miss fuel scarcity and traffic.

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  7. That panda wanted ALL the bamboo- so cute! That was my favorite animal when I was young. I never got to visit the zoo, but got to visit the Aquarium in Atlanta. It was great! Looking forward to more in your series. :)

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    1. The Aquarium is a lot of fun too, isn't it?! I'm looking forward to the series too

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  8. the flamingo and panda is everything. flamingos are even brighter than i imagined.

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    1. There was a white or really pale pink flamingo too. I'm not sure how I didn't take a photo

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  9. You took lovely photos of the animals!!! Love it!

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  10. The flamingos are so pretty! Fav animals are Dolphins ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  11. You saw a giant panda!!!!!!!! They look so adorable. Another Fun Fact: All the pandas in the world are on loan from China. You probably read that on my blog already. lol. But these pictures are so cool!

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    1. I sure did!!! Very pretty to look like

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  12. Really nice!
    Absolutely love it

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  13. the smell from that zoo though....Lord have mercy

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    1. HAHAHA. Especially the elephant enclosure!

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