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Santa has a lot of stops to make this year, so don’t miss him when he stops at the Zoo on December 1 and 2. Cookies with Santa still has spots open, but they’re selling out fast! Register now to meet Santa, enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate, and get in the holiday spirit with festive crafts! #OnlyZooATL

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Today's biscuit-themed panda update comes from Jen A.! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ If you have followed the pandas for a while, you'll know that giant pandas are creatures of habit. They like to munch on bamboo throughout the day, and if the bamboo isn't quite up to their standards, they are quick to let their care staff know. This can sometimes lovingly earn them the title of "finicky," and we're fortunate to have some tricks up our sleeves to encourage them to eat even when the bamboo isn't perceived by them to be perfect. Another interesting food-related title that giant pandas often receive is "food neophobic." This means that they aren't really keen to try new foods, especially if it is something they have never encountered before. We recently began transitioning the giant pandas to a new type of leafeater biscuit, and they have been slow to decide if the new biscuits are, indeed, food. This is where the amazing creativity of care staff comes in handy, as the panda team painstakingly makes biscuit balls for the pandas each day. ⠀ ⠀ So what are biscuit balls? They are a specific ratio of old biscuit to new biscuit, softened into mush, and rolled into balls. It takes a decent amount of time every day to make biscuit balls for four pandas, and as the ratio of old biscuits decreases, care staff have begun offering whole new biscuits on occasion. Lun Lun and Ya Lun were the first to decide that these new biscuits just *might* be edible. Not to be outdone, Yang Yang and Xi Lun have also decided to give the biscuits a try, much to the excitement of the panda team! None of them are completely sold on the idea yet, but this is definitely progress.⠀ Jen A.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals

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I just learned something cool! Did you know, orangutans have the slowest breeding rate of all mammals. They reproduce only every 7️⃣ - 8️⃣ years. (the longest interval of any land mammal) Females usually won’t have their first baby until age 12-15!

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Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata). Zoo Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia.

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Check out today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ Since I just learned the giant panda care routine this summer, winter is a whole new ballgame! Now that the weather is cooler, the pandas are spending more time in their outdoor habitats. That means I'm learning new parts of the building and outdoor areas that I've never had the opportunity to use before! One of the coolest things I am getting to do for the first time is shift the pandas through the hallway that leads them from a den in the building to Habitat 2. It is a very long hallway and we walk nearly the same path as the panda moves through (with a barrier separating us from the panda, of course, for safety). It feels like we are taking a walk outside with the pandas as we both stroll to Habitat 2! And at the end, fresh bamboo, and leafeater biscuits for the happy panda!⠀ Michelle E.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals

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“Before I came to Zoo Atlanta, I had a position at Utah State University in the Biology Department. One day, one of my graduate students came into the lab with a small frog he had caught in nearby Logan Canyon. The frog was a fire-bellied toad (Bombina orientalis), and it had been found resting under a rock and completely healthy in the Utah mountain habitat. This species is exported from Korea and China in large numbers for the pet trade. Until the 1980s, Logan Canyon had an abundant population of native western toads (Anaxyrus boreas). They were gone by the time I arrived in 1997, never to be seen again. While it’s unlikely that the specific toad my student found in the canyon caused the disappearance of the native toads, we know how it came to be there. The Asian toad was imported from southern Asia and sold in a pet store, and a well-meaning person released it into the canyon. This is how Utah lost all but one or two of its populations of an abundant native toad. All of the Rocky Mountain states have the same story, and now we have a clear image of how it started.”⠀ ⠀ Check out our recent Research Blog post for more on the source of the amphibian chytrid fungi! ⠀ ⠀ zooatlanta.org/the-source- urce-of-the-amphibian-chytrid- ⠀ ⠀ Clickable link in bio. ⠀ ⠀ #OnlyZooATL

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We are welcoming all veteran, active-duty, retired and reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces to Veterans Day at Zoo Atlanta presented by Kaiser Permanente! Enjoy FREE admission and $4 off general admission for up to six accompanying guests tomorrow, November 11, 2018. #OnlyZooATL ⠀ ⠀ Clickable link in bio.

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#repost @zooatl *Sound on* In case you missed our Instagram Story the other day.⠀ ⠀ Here’s a close up look at Bonnie’s sleepy sloth baby! The high pitch squeaks are actually the golden lion tamarins the sloths share their habitat with, but you can hear some baby smacks! (Video by Jodi Carrigan) #OnlyZooATL #sloth #zoobaby

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*Sound on* In case you missed our Instagram Story the other day.⠀ ⠀ Here’s a close up look at Bonnie’s sleepy sloth baby! The high pitch squeaks are actually the golden lion tamarins the sloths share their habitat with, but you can hear some baby smacks! (Video by Jodi Carrigan) #OnlyZooATL #sloth #zoobaby

4 Days ago

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#Repost @zooatl ( @get_repost) ・・・ Check out Yang Yang's sleeping habits in today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ One of the most heart-melting aspects of working with the giant pandas is having the ability to come to work first thing and see Yang Yang curled up asleep. He has three large behind-the-scenes rooms to spend the night in, and yet he always sleeps with his head and face squished up into a corner. It's ridiculously cute. One question we always get asked is: "Do you give the pandas anything to sleep on?" The answer: sometimes we do, but for enrichment – if the giant pandas preferred to sleep on substrate, we would always offer it. However, when behind the scenes, our pandas always prefer to sleep on the bare floor or the elevated scale platform. Whenever we offer substrate to sleep on (hay beds, for example), they either completely ignore the hay bed or push it out of the way of their favorite sleeping spot!⠀ Jen W.⠀ Keeper III, Mammals

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As a thank you to the brave members of our Armed Forces who sacrifice so much, we’re extending an additional offer to your guests for Veterans Day presented by Kaiser Permanente, Sunday, November 11. ⠀ ⠀ All veteran, active-duty, retired and reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces enjoy FREE admission and $4 off general admission for up to six accompanying guests. Present a valid military I.D. at Zoo Atlanta to redeem the discount. ⠀ ⠀ Clickable link in bio. https://buff.ly/2zAUjAt⠀ ⠀ #onlyzooatl

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I highlight one of my favorite family fun adventures with the girls #ontheblog. Twilight Trek Event is one you don't want to miss next year. After hours at the zoo using cool technology was pretty cool. #hosted #onlyzooAtl #aMomWhoBlogs #STEM http://purposemediagrouponline nline.com/what-happens-at-the- -the-zoo-afterhours-twilight-t ght-trek-influencer-event-at-z

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Did you make it out to our #WorldLemurDay celebration last weekend? If not, check out our recent Keeper Blog below!⠀ ⠀ Hello! Brittney Lie Tjauw here. I’m a member of the Primate Team, and today I’ll be talking a little bit about some of my favorite primates, lemurs! This past Saturday, we observed World Lemur Day here at the Zoo. So, just in case you were unable to attend, I will fill you in what you missed! This is a day for awareness and conservation education, as well as essentially having a big party for our eight lemurs. There are three species of lemurs at the Zoo: black-and-white-ruffed lemurs, crowned lemurs and ringtailed lemurs. On Saturday, they all received really fun enrichment in their habitat, such as grape jelly-filled raisin boards and oatmeal smear boards that we hung up for them to find, as well as painted cardboard boxes that they could play in.⠀ ⠀ Lemurs are naturally only found in one place in the whole world, the island of Madagascar, which means that it is very important to conserve that habitat. On Saturday, in celebration of the hundreds of lemur species that face the threat of extinction during our lifetimes, we had lemur buttons for sale that guests could purchase, and the proceeds went to Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group. This conservation organization protects the rich biodiversity of eastern Madagascar through conservation, research and education.⠀ ⠀ In addition to raising support on World Lemur Day, we like to provide our guests with some tips that they can leave with to help the lemurs’ wild counterparts. Buying sustainable wood from farmers and buying Madagascar vanilla are two small choices that can make a big difference to wild lemurs. Madagascar vanilla is farmed using sustainable practices, and the farmland provides the lemurs with habitat they can use!⠀ I really enjoy celebrating the animal awareness days here at the Zoo to shed light on the plight many Zoo species face in the wild and the conservation efforts being done to help them. Thank you and hope to see you next year for World Lemur Day⠀ Brittney Lie Tjauw⠀ Keeper I, Primates⠀ #KeeperStories #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ https://zooatlanta.org/world-lemur-day-2018/

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#Repost @zooatl ・・・ Exciting news! Bonnie, an 18-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, gave birth to an infant on November 4! The newborn, who is the second offspring of Bonnie and 25-year-old male Cocoa, is doing well and is bonding with its mother in the sloths’ behind-the-scenes indoor area.⠀ ⠀ While sloths are famous for their slow movements, sloth development moves at a notably more rapid pace than the infancies of most other mammals. Following a lengthy gestation period of 11 to 12 months, newborn sloths are born fully-furred, with their eyes open and teeth already present, along with fully-developed claws for clinging to their mothers. Infants begin trying solid foods within two weeks of birth. They may continue to remain with or near their mothers for around a year.⠀ ⠀ Native to Central and South America, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths are not currently classified as endangered, but wild populations face threats as a result of habitat destruction, human encroachment and the pet trade. Lynn Yakubinis, a Lead Keeper at Zoo Atlanta, chairs the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) programs for Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths and Linne’s two-toed sloths. Zoo Atlanta is an active member of many SSP programs, which exist to protect the long-term viability of animal populations housed in accredited North American zoos by working to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining for future generations.⠀ ⠀ Bonnie, Cocoa and the infant share their habitat with another adult female, 24-year-old Okra Mae. Sloths are not an especially social species, and males play no role in the rearing of their offspring. Stay tuned for updates on when Members and guests will be able to see Bonnie and her infant! #OnlyZooATL (Photos by Patti Frazier) #sloth #zoobaby #cute #instacute #wildlife

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Check out Yang Yang's sleeping habits in today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ One of the most heart-melting aspects of working with the giant pandas is having the ability to come to work first thing and see Yang Yang curled up asleep. He has three large behind-the-scenes rooms to spend the night in, and yet he always sleeps with his head and face squished up into a corner. It's ridiculously cute. One question we always get asked is: "Do you give the pandas anything to sleep on?" The answer: sometimes we do, but for enrichment – if the giant pandas preferred to sleep on substrate, we would always offer it. However, when behind the scenes, our pandas always prefer to sleep on the bare floor or the elevated scale platform. Whenever we offer substrate to sleep on (hay beds, for example), they either completely ignore the hay bed or push it out of the way of their favorite sleeping spot!⠀ Jen W.⠀ Keeper III, Mammals

7 Days ago

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🇺🇸 Lindsey shares, Zoo Atlanta, Exciting news! Bonnie, an 18-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, gave birth to an infant on November 4! The newborn, who is the second offspring of Bonnie and 25-year-old male Cocoa, is doing well and is bonding with its mother in the sloths’ behind-the-scenes indoor area. While sloths are famous for their slow movements, sloth development moves at a notably more rapid pace than the infancies of most other mammals. Following a lengthy gestation period of 11 to 12 months, newborn sloths are born fully-furred, with their eyes open and teeth already present, along with fully-developed claws for clinging to their mothers. Infants begin trying solid foods within two weeks of birth. They may continue to remain with or near their mothers for around a year. Native to Central and South America, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths are not currently classified as endangered, but wild populations face threats as a result of habitat destruction, human encroachment and the pet trade. Lynn Yakubinis, a Lead Keeper at Zoo Atlanta, chairs the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) programs for Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths and Linne’s two-toed sloths. Zoo Atlanta is an active member of many SSP programs, which exist to protect the long-term viability of animal populations housed in accredited North American zoos by working to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining for future generations. Bonnie, Cocoa and the infant share their habitat with another adult female, 24-year-old Okra Mae. Sloths are not an especially social species, and males play no role in the rearing of their offspring. Stay tuned for updates on when Members and guests will be able to see Bonnie and her infant! #OnlyZooATL (Photos by Patti Frazier) #Slothsrule #HopeTravels #CurePompeDiseasePlease

7 Days ago

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#repost @zooatl Exciting news! Bonnie, an 18-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, gave birth to an infant on November 4! The newborn, who is the second offspring of Bonnie and 25-year-old male Cocoa, is doing well and is bonding with its mother in the sloths’ behind-the-scenes indoor area.⠀ ⠀ While sloths are famous for their slow movements, sloth development moves at a notably more rapid pace than the infancies of most other mammals. Following a lengthy gestation period of 11 to 12 months, newborn sloths are born fully-furred, with their eyes open and teeth already present, along with fully-developed claws for clinging to their mothers. Infants begin trying solid foods within two weeks of birth. They may continue to remain with or near their mothers for around a year.⠀ ⠀ Native to Central and South America, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths are not currently classified as endangered, but wild populations face threats as a result of habitat destruction, human encroachment and the pet trade. Lynn Yakubinis, a Lead Keeper at Zoo Atlanta, chairs the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) programs for Hoffmann’s two-toed sloths and Linne’s two-toed sloths. Zoo Atlanta is an active member of many SSP programs, which exist to protect the long-term viability of animal populations housed in accredited North American zoos by working to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining for future generations.⠀ ⠀ Bonnie, Cocoa and the infant share their habitat with another adult female, 24-year-old Okra Mae. Sloths are not an especially social species, and males play no role in the rearing of their offspring. Stay tuned for updates on when Members and guests will be able to see Bonnie and her infant! #OnlyZooATL (Photos by Patti Frazier) #sloth #zoobaby #cute #instacute #wildlife

7 Days ago