There several add-on experiences that visitors can choose to do when visiting Zoo Atlanta for an additional fee. Guests can participate in Parakeet Feeding to have a chance to feed the parakeet flock in Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure. Visitors can also choose to take part in a Wildlife Encounter for an opportunity to go behind the scenes to meet and feed an Aldabra tortoise, African elephant, or giant panda. Guests can also enjoy the Zoo Train, Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel, Canopy Climber, and a rock wall.
The Zoo Train takes guests on a journey to experience a day in the life of the inhabitants of Critter Crossing. It is a handcrafted replica of an 1868 original locomotive, and is one of the most popular attractions at the zoo. Visitors can climb up through a canopy on the Canopy Climber and enjoy the slide down afterwards. The Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel, located in the Children's Zoo under a brightly colored pavilion, spins visitors on a whimsical ride upon any one of the 38 hand-carved wooden animals of a handful of the most endangered species in the world. The carousel features several hand-painted murals that depict mothers and babies of different endangered species in their natural habitats. Guests can also brave the Rock Wall and try to climb to new heights.
Zoo Atlanta offers a wide array of educational programs and experiences for all ages. One such education experience is NightCrawler Overnights. This program offers guests a chance to the spend the night in the zoo, going on a nocturnal adventure that is filled with games, animal, and behind-the-scenes fun. Group NightCrawlers is designed for school groups, birthday parties, scouts, youth and adults organizations and families. Groups can choose the date of their overnight visit and the theme. Family and Deluxe NightCrawlers events are on preset dates every month and offer families themed overnight experiences.
Another educational program offered is Keeper for a Day, during which participants, teenagers or adults, assist animal care professionals with their daily responsibilities and get a firsthand look at what it's like to work in a zoo. Daily responsibilities include animal care, food preparation, and cleaning. The program is great for anyone considering a zookeeping career, or for anyone who has just always wanted to spend time with one of the zoo's animals. Keeper for a Day is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience that no participant would forget. There are five program options particpants can choose from: Giant Panda, Show Birds and Animal Ambassadors, Elephants and Carnivores, Birds and Reptiles, and Hoofstock and Carnivores.
Safari Day Camps are also provided at Zoo Atlanta throughout the year, and are designed to give students to learn about the zoo's wildlife during school breaks. Students will learn about nature and animals in an amazing outdoor environment. A typical day at a Safari Day Camp includes exclusive tours, up-close animal encounters, animal shows and feedings, educational videos, arts and crafts, zoo keeper talks, educational videos, and interactive learning using biofacts and pictures.
There are a few educational programs even designed for some of the youngest Zoo Atlanta guests. Stroller Cubs, a program from children aged two and under and the adults that care for them, provides an early learning adventure. During the program, guests will visit animal exhibits and meet animal ambassadors during a special introduction to wildlife. For children ages three and four, Adventure Cubs offers a hands-on, fun experience. Visitors taking part in the program will play and explore at interactive learning stations, meet an animal ambassador, and go on a zoo tour. The experience allows toddlers to explore different concepts about animals tailored toward their age.
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