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.
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.
Just that the water was really gross and dirty.
My nephews and nieces had a ball at the zoo. They kept screaming in delight over all the animals.
There's my sister from the Sister Tag video. She's back in school now, but graduating this year.
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.
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.
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
There were a lot more snakes, but NAH BRUH! No more photos plixx. The tortoises and turtles were cute though.
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.
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.
Who remembers King Louie from The Jungle Book?!?!?! Orangutans are strange animals, don't you think?
My sister was excited to see a komodo dragon. I wasn't. But I took photos anyway.
The hornbills were the only birds I was able to take good photographs of.
Fun fact: Zoo Atlanta is one of the few zoos that has a Giant Panda! Who has watched Kungfu Panda?
I like the way he was just chilling with his bamboo.
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?