The birds at Zoo Atlanta represent the incredible diversity of different bird types. They range in size from the cassowary, one of the world’s largest birds, to the Taveta Golden Weaver weighing just over an ounce.
The Monkeys of Makokou exhibit was added to The Ford African Rain Forest in September 1990 and was expanded to include a second habitat in May 1995. These mixed species exhibits feature West African drill monkeys and mona monkeys. Drills are primarily terrestrial and monas are mainly arboreal. These natural characteristics make the multi-level space of the Monkeys of Makokou exhibit ideal for the two species to share. The lush habitats have a variety of tropical foliage for the animals to forage in as well as large man-made climbing trees. Close-up visitor viewing stations are located in the Living Treehouse and on wooden decks among the trees.
Zoo Atlanta is home to three female African elephants, Starlet O'Hara, Victoria and Zambezi. This naturalistic exhibit was built to simulate the terrain of Mzima Springs in Africa. (Mzima Springs, Africa, has red clay similar to Georgia's and also has red elephants!) Included is a large, deep pond the elephants use for their favorite activity, bathing.
Zoo Atlanta's lion resides in a naturalistic habitat that simulates the terrain of East Africa. From high atop their rocky outcropping, the lions can see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, ostriches and other animals in nearby habitats.
The Orangutans of Ketambe exhibit is a re-creation of an Indonesian tropical rain forest. Tall trees, shrubs and grasses, offer the orangutans a varied terrain and the opportunity to behave as they would in the wild. This exhibit, which opened in August 1988, consists of three outdoor habitats, with a total living space of about 1/2 acre. Like the gorillas, the orangutans live in family groups. Deep moats separate the habitats from each other and the public.
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