Zoo Atlanta’s New Grigsby Aviary

Over at Zoo Atlanta, Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to report that the Grigsby Aviary is nearing completion. Built by CR Construction, this aviary will create a new standard for Zoo Atlanta. BLP worked with Zoo Atlanta’s Vice President of Facilities, the Vice President of Collections and Conservation, the Curator of Birds, Herpetology and Animal Ambassadors as well as their staff to ‘vet’ a variety of 3-D models depicting the aviary and peacock house before producing plans and details. We are looking forward to seeing the white peacock make itself comfortable in its new home. You can read more here:  https://zooatlanta.org/coming-soon-the-new-grigsby-aviary/

Zoo Atlanta gets a new rhinoceros

Mumbles, a southern white rhinoceros, is the newest resident of Zoo Atlanta’s African Savanna. Breedlove Land Planning provided site design for the African Savanna, which includes a ‘best in class’ elephant barn, elephant, giraffe, rhino and hoofstock habitats, an impressive water feature, pavilions, boardwalks and interpretive signage.

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Oklahoma City Zoo’s Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit


The new Galapagos tortoise exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo is under construction!  Breedlove Land Planning is providing site design services for this new habitat located within the Children’s Zoo area.  As OKC Zoo states, “The new Galapagos tortoise habitat consists of one indoor and two outdoor spaces. The climate-controlled 900 sq. ft. indoor habitat consists of a nesting area, an indoor pool, natural substrate floors, a vestibule for animal caretakers with a sink and utility space. It also features an open-air viewing area for Zoo guests. The outdoor spaces total 8,000 sq. ft. to roam with natural boulders, a log wall and native landscaping.”  We look forward to sharing photos of the finished exhibit later this year.



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 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.