The Zoo is WILD 363 days a year
Many of the animals are more active in winter, and you’ll encounter fewer crowds! Species such as giant pandas and red panda actually prefer colder weather. Others, such as Chilean flamingos, are very adaptable and cold-tolerant. Lions, elephants, tigers and most birds can generally be seen year-round. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience offers our human patrons a warm, dry environment anytime!
These temperature guidelines can help with a general idea of which species you may expect to see during your trip. It’ll also help to know that in times of extremely cold temperatures, even our most cold-tolerant species may opt to spend part of the day inside.
Primates (gorillas, orangutans, monkeys and lemurs) will not be outside on days when the daily high is below 50°F.
Kangaroos are not allowed outside if it is below 30°F.
Restaurants and concessions
Flamingo Joe’s and Wild Planet Café are generally open year-round. Wild Planet Café has plenty of indoor seating and serves a fine selection of wraps, sandwiches, salads and pizza as well as many other kid-friendly options. The Zoo Atlanta Trading Company is open year-round
Check out our upcoming events page for wintertime programs and events!
Rainy day weather
Don’t negate rainy days! There’s still plenty to see and do, including several climate-controlled venues populated with amazing animals, fun kids’ programs, and much more. Stop by the Scaly Slimy Spectacular, Willie B. Gorilla Conservation Center or the Outback Station barn, or pop into one of our covered viewing areas at the African lion, Sumatran tiger, clouded leopard, golden lion tamarin or Komodo dragon habitats.
Animals love the snow too!