Zoo Atlanta April Happenings

See the list of experiences, regular activities, events, educational programs & camps!


  • Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente - Climb, zig, zag, zip, and balance at your own pace on an aerial playground in Zoo Atlanta’s KIDZone, and get a new appreciation for the amazing skills and adaptations of tree-dwelling animals. Treetop Trail is presented by Kaiser Permanente and made possible through additional generous support from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. Children under 48 inches tall must be accompanied on the course by a parent or adult chaperone. Visit zooatlanta.org to learn more. Tickets are $10.95 for Zoo Atlanta Members; $13.95 for non-Members; does not include general admission.
  • African lion Wild Encounters - Meet and feed one of Zoo Atlanta’s brotherhood of African lions in the newest addition to the behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters program. Gain a new fascination for Africa’s apex predator, and learn more about the challenges lions face in the wild. Participants must be 14 or older. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, details and availability.
  • African elephant Wild Encounters - Go behind the scenes to meet and feed one of the giants of the African savanna during an exclusive up-close-and-personal encounter. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, details and availability.
  • Aldabra tortoise Wild Encounters  - Meet and feed one of the famous giants of Aldabra Atoll in an unforgettable Wild Encounter with some of the Zoo’s largest reptiles. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, details and availability.
  • Giant panda Wild Encounters - Meet and feed a giant panda on the behind-the-scenes encounter of a lifetime. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, details and availability.
  • Lemur Wild Encounters - Meet and feed some of Madagascar’s most dynamic, charismatic and endangered primates in a memorable behind-the-scenes experience. Visit zooatlanta.org for reservations, details and availability.
  • Educator Appreciation Family Day - April 14 - Zoo Atlanta salutes the contributors of educators at the 2018 spring Educator Appreciation Family Day. Educators enjoy free admission and discounts for accompanying guests with educator ID. Check out a variety of educational booths to learn more about the Zoo’s educational programming and professional learning. See more at zooatlanta.org.
  • Zoo Plant Sale - April 21 - Glorify your grounds with lush native plant varieties hand-selected by Zoo Atlanta Horticulturists. Horticulture experts will be on grounds for questions, advice and tips on planting for your lifestyle. Zoo admission not required. Stay tuned to zooatlanta.org for event details.
  • Zoo Paws - April 28 - Meet your new best friend – right outside the Zoo! Zoo Atlanta teams up with the Atlanta Humane Society for an all-new pet adoption event in Grant Park. Zoo Paws returns for a second year after more than 50 dogs found forever homes at the event in 2017. Other highlights will include pet wellness vendors, Zoo incentives for adoptive families, children’s activities and food trucks. The event is free and takes place just outside the Zoo’s entrance gates. See more at zooatlanta.org.

  • Safari Camp: Spring Break Session - April 2-6 - Send your camper on a Spring Break discovery staycation! Young explorers enjoy Zoo tours, animal encounters and educational activities. Conduct experiments with water, solar energy, slime and more with the spring “Mad Scientists” theme. Safari Camp runs during school breaks year-round. See more and register on zooatlanta.org.
  • NEW! Twilight Trek - April 7 - Ever wonder what the animals are up to after the sun goes down? Join an after-hours evening adventure for the whole family. Use night-vision scopes to observe Zoo animals, simulate tracking of wildlife on Zoo grounds, and meet program animal ambassadors as you learn about conservation efforts and the work of real-life wildlife biologists. See more and register on zooatlanta.org.
  • HomeSchool Academy - April 11 - Homeschoolers enjoy an afternoon of learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students. Topics vary by grade, from “Creature Classification - Amazing Amphibians” for grades K-2 to “Animal Behavior - Reproductive Behavior” for grades 9-12. See all spring semester courses and book a program on zooatlanta.org.
  • Adventure Cubs - April 14 and 25 - Little ones ages 3 and 4 and their adult caregivers learn at the Zoo with an exciting hands-on experience designed just for toddlers and their favorite grownups. April’s theme is African Safari. Register and learn more on zooatlanta.org.
  • Keeper for a Day: Birds and Reptiles - April 14 - What does it take to be an animal care professional? Help Zoo animal experts with feeding and daily husbandry. Spend the morning with the Zoo’s feathered flyers; then venture to Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience to work with Aldabra giant tortoises and more. Participants must be 14 years old or older. Book a program or learn more on zooatlanta.org.
  • Bird Watch - April 14 -  Join a Zoo Atlanta educator for a nature walk through Grant Park to learn more about local bird species, the conservation issues they face and ways we can help save them and their habitats. Enjoy the Zoo following the tour! Register on zooatlanta.org.
  • Girl Scout Workshop - April 21, 22 - Girl Scouts have a wild time exploring the Zoo while earning petals or badges. Come with a parent, or bring your entire troop! Register on zooatlanta.org.
  • Keeper for a Day: Show Birds and Animal Ambassadors - April 28 - Meet dozens of birds, mammals, reptiles and more! Spend the morning with the Zoo’s education animal ambassadors, and venture behind the scenes to the World of Wild Theater to help with the afternoon show. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Book a program on zooatlanta.org.
  • Nature Play Club - April 28 - Zoo Atlanta has partnered with the Children and Nature Network to present Nature Play Club. Join a Zoo Atlanta instructor for nature discovery and exploration in Grant Park, and learn how to become a citizen scientist. This program is free, but registration is required. Register on zooatlanta.org.
  • Deluxe NightCrawler: Tusks at Dusk - April 28 - Spend the night at the Zoo during an unforgettable overnight adventure. Enjoy an after-hours exploration and an opportunity to meet and feed one of the Zoo’s African elephants. Programs include climate-controlled sleeping facilities, a continental breakfast and the opportunity to enjoy the Zoo the following day. Register on zooatlanta.org.