New Bull Elephant Comes to Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta’s elephants, Kelly and Tara, will soon have a new companion. Msholo, a 30 year old male African elephant, will be joining them in the new Zambezi Elephant Center. BLP provided site design for this and other projects within the new African Savanna, which will open to the public on August 8.

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Exciting news! Zoo Atlanta welcomes Msholo, an adult male African elephant from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, to the Zambezi Elephant Center at the all-new African Savanna, opening on August 8. Msholo, who at 30 years old weighs more than 11,000 pounds, arrived in Atlanta on July 24. He will occupy the Zambezi Elephant Center at the all-new African Savanna, opening on August 8. ⠀ Msholo will meet the African elephants here at the Zoo, Kelly and Tara, who moved to the Zambezi Elephant Center on June 16. The ability to meet a new social companion will be an enriching opportunity for Kelly and Tara, whose well-being was the primary goal of the design of their new African Savanna habitat, which more than triples the size of their former habitat. The African Savanna and Zambezi Elephant Center have the capacity to house up to seven elephants. ⠀ Features of the elephant environment in the African Savanna include Abana Pond, the largest of the complex’s three water features. Abana Pond has almost 360-degree access and a gentle slope for ease of use by multiple elephants. Additional elements include Chishimba Falls and Kalambo Falls, two waterfalls named for falls in Africa, and a feeder enrichment activity wall. The indoor Zambezi Elephant Center likewise features elements designed with elephant well-being in mind, including sand under the elephants’ feet. The Center was designed to include a large observation area where Zoo visitors will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the elephants’ care. ⠀ As part of a commitment to leadership in professional elephant care and superior dedication to elephant well-being, Zoo Atlanta is also making a substantial commitment to the protection and long-term sustainability of wild elephant populations in Africa, where their future is very uncertain without conservation action. Illegal trafficking for ivory and human-wildlife conflict represent significant threats for African elephants. In 2018, Zoo Atlanta announced a partnership with Conservation South Luangwa, a nonprofit organization based in Zambia, to protect elephants and other species impacted by these threats. (Photo courtesy San Diego Safari Park) ⠀ #OnlyZooATL

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Zoo Atlanta Elephants Move Into Their New Habitat

Zoo Atlanta’s elephants, Kelly and Tara, have moved into their new habitat and the Zambezi Elephant Center. BLP provided site design for this and other projects within the new African Savanna, opening later this summer.

 

BLP Around Town

Breedlove Land Planning has had a busy spring supporting some great causes and clients. Have you seen us at any of these events?

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta “Cheers for Charity”
  • Fulton Education Foundation’s “Fore” Kids Golf Classic
  • Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast Gala

Zoo Atlanta Grand New View has Started Construction

For almost five years, Breedlove Land Planning has been assisting Zoo Atlanta with their largest construction project to date, the ‘Grand New View,’ and now construction has begun! This transformation will provide elephants, giraffes, meerkats, zebras and rhinos with new exhibit space, and add new barns and enhanced public viewing amenities. The former Cyclorama building will be transformed into a world class event hall and administrative center with spectacular views extending past the savanna exhibit. A new entry plaza, inspired by the Olmsted brothers’ original vision for the zoo, will work to tie the zoological to the historical. Many more updates to come as this exciting project progresses.

Treetop Trail Opens at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta-Treetop Trail

The newest addition to Zoo Atlanta has opened!  Treetop Trail provides visitors with the opportunity to ‘tiptoe through tight quarters while suspended in the air’ in an effort to entertain and educate.  Breedlove Land Planning provided design support for the project, including the application and presentation to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission as well as permit drawings.  Treetop Trail is a continuation of our service to Zoo Atlanta which has included designs for animal and aviary exhibits, play areas including the Zoo splash pad and the upcoming ‘Grand New View’ expansion.

Sumatran Tigers Born at Zoo Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution is reporting the “first tiger cubs to be born at Zoo Atlanta in a decade arrived late Tuesday. Chelsea, a 7-year-old Sumatran tiger, gave birth to two cubs. It’s the first offspring for Chelsea and her mate, 10-year-old Kavi. Mom and cubs are bonding in a special indoor den; once she and her brood have adapted to their surroundings, they will be on view via webcam at the Sun Bear/Tiger Terrace at Zoo Atlanta and at www.zooatlanta.com.”  Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have participated in the design and development of the Tiger Terrance and Sun Bear (above) habitat.

 

Complex Carnivores Open to the Public at Zoo Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has posted a photo gallery of the newest Zoo Atlanta exhibit- the second phase of Complex Carnivores.  As Zoo Atlanta states, Complex Carivores introduces three new mammal species to Zoo Atlanta: bush dogs, binturong and fossa. The animals won’t be the only new carnivores in the Zoo; adjacent to their habitats, a carnivorous plant bog will showcase predatory plants, including Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and sundews.  Breedlove Land Planning is proud to have assisted The Espten Group and Ursa International with the design of this new exhibit.  (photo © 2011 AJC)