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The behaviors you see in our animal presentations are all highlights of the animals’ natural behaviors. In order to teach our animals how to do these amazing behaviors, we use what’s called positive reinforcement. All that means is that when an animal does the correct behavior, they get a reward. Now, in order to teach complex behaviors, we break it up into smaller steps and teach the animal each step, and eventually they put it all together to get something awesome! This is Maya the kinkajou learning to do a simple target. I’m starting with her simply touching the target on her own, and she eventually figures out that if she touches it when she sees it, she gets a treat. This is a very simple behavior, but this cue-behavior-reward concept can be used to train anything the animal is physically capable of doing. #TakeoverTuesday - Justin Eckelberry, Keeper II, Program Animals
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Good job, Maya! What is it that kinkajous like for a treat? Is that mushed-up banana?
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Picture yourself sampling great grapes in the home of North America’s largest population of great apes!

Don’t miss out on Zoo Atlanta’s newest over 21 event, Sippin’ Safari presented by Georgia Natural Gas on October 8. If you want to enjoy unlimited sampling of fine wines, evening animal viewing, live music and tasty bites in one of Atlanta’s most beautiful and exotic settings, then don’t procrastinate! Tickets are going fast so purchase yours today at http://buff.ly/2dmvVuJ. #OnlyZooATL
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When school’s out, Safari Day Camp is in!

Join us for School’s Out Safari Day Camp 10/10 and 10/11 for an adventure they’ll never forget. Visit http://buff.ly/2d0SFRt for themes and registration. #OnlyZooATL
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These adorable chinchilla kits were born at our Wieland Wildlife Home on September 19. Did you know that chinchillas are critically endangered in the wild from being illegally hunted for their fur? #OnlyZooATL
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I want one can they be domesticated and is it legal to have one as pet.
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Thanks Eleanor! Now it's time for our Sunday panda update from Heather R.! (Cub A is on the blue blanket) #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

Hello from the overnight shift! I take care of Lun Lun and the cubs in the wee hours when most of the world is asleep. Lun Lun is often more sleepy at night, too, but she still cares for her cubs just as diligently. The cubs are growing so quickly under her care! Both cubs have adorable fat bellies and are now over one pound. Cub B is getting fuzzier each day and the pink skin is fading under the white fur. Cub A is still quite pink and has a lot of dark coloring around its mouth. Their tiny claws have gotten longer and sharper in the last week. It's amazing how rapidly they change.
Heather R.
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Fascinating to watch them grow and change day by day. 
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BUBBLES! Wait? What, Mom? Stop blowing bubbles in the wallow? But why?! It’s so much fun! #WildlifeWildCard – Eleanor the warthog
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Hello everyone! I’m Justin Eckelberry, Keeper II, Program Animals, and I’m doing a #TakeoverTuesday. I work primarily with the presentations at the World of Wild Theater presented by Georgia Natural Gas, and one of the most common questions we get asked is, “How do you get the birds to do that?” The short answer we love to use is, “we don’t make our birds do anything; they do it voluntarily.” But there is a more complex answer to that question that I will hopefully sum up for you today, so I am going to take you on a behind-the-scenes look at our training in action! Spoiler alert: this may take away from some of the “magic” of our Fantastic Flights presentation.
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Katie G. brings us today's #panda cub update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL



Making your Monday with a couple of chillin’ panda cubs! It’s oh-so-amusing, coming into work and the first thing I notice is how much these little cubs have changed in just two days. They are so much bigger and furrier than before. One thing that is so amusing to me is their sleeping positions. Let’s just say that these two love to relax. I especially love the “chill” pose with their paws resting under their heads and their back legs crossed. That one is the best! When they yawn, it’s pretty adorable too. I’m always amazed at how wide they can open their little mouths.

Well, I leave you with these adorable pics of the cubs and their “chill” pose. Stay tuned to find out what other interesting things happen in Panda Land.

Katie G.

Keeper III, Mammals

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Life is more than good, especially at Zoo Atlanta. (Can't wait till they can see their world a little bit). What precious, tiny babies. 
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Did you know Kudzoo’s baby is the 23rd gorilla born in The Ford African Rain Forest?

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, with approximately 100,000 remaining in the wild. Zoo Atlanta’s gorilla program is nationally recognized and dates back more than 50 years! (photo credit: Rand Lines) #OnlyZooATL


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The "look" on the baby's face speaks volumes, without real words uttered. LOVE! It's so like looking at a human mother and child, although we know it isn't. And, the mother, it is as if she is proud yet humble of the child she has given birth to. My hope is "they live long and prosperous." 
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In common warthog tongue, that means, “I hope you enjoyed hanging out with me today during my #WildlifeWildCard, but being this adorable takes a lot of effort, and I need to go inside for my dinner and some beauty rest. And if you learned anything today, I hope you learned that “common” actually means FABULOUS!” Good night! – Eleanor the warthog
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+Xavier Horn what?! What the hell are you saying?! 😒
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Now that I am all clean and cooled off, it’s back in the mud I go! If I stayed clean, I wouldn’t get another bath, and I love baths almost as much as I love the water snake, wallowing, Ball, belly rubs, Thing, meeting new people and, of course, my keepers. My mom got a bath too! #WildlifeWildCard – Eleanor the warthog
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We envision a world in which humankind values, protects and preserves the diversity of species on Earth.

We strive to inspire people to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.
We do this by:

  • Providing an informative, educational, and engaging experience,
  • Being respectful and responsible stewards of the animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us, and
  • Engaging in related conservation activities and research.
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Zoo Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.