Some Zoo Atlanta animals out of view during habitat construction


Some Zoo Atlanta animals out of view during habitat construction

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Rendering of changes planned for Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta is undergoing some growing pains — and certain animal lovers are going to feel it. 

Some animals aren’t visible to patrons during the construction that’s underway for Grand New View, a major project that will turn the old Cyclorama building into an event space that overlooks an African savanna exhibit. 

Fencing has been erected around the future event space and in parts of the zoo’s African Plains zone. Some species, including giraffes, ostrich, warthogs and zebras, aren’t visible to guests during construction. 

African elephants will stay visible until construction begins on their habitat, which will belong to a different species in 2019. African lions will remain visible, according to the website. Meerkats will be moving to a new home.  

The Grand New View project, which is slated to open in early 2019, also includes plans for an expanded rhino habitat.

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