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It's our panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL
What can I say! These girls have grown so fast. It seems like yesterday, we were monitoring them 24/7 and now, they are becoming independent, young, goofy pandas. Today was extra goofy, because for enrichment we decided to change their environment by giving them mulberry browse, which they destroyed. We also let them have the back hallway area to roam around in. They quite enjoyed both. I would also have to say, watching those girls play on their tire swing is pretty hilarious!

That's all for today!! Stay tuned to see what other adventures will be coming their way!
Katie G.
Keeper III, Mammals
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It’s an airplane kind of day!
Mijadala is almost 9 months old now and already a pro at playing airplane! Merry lays on her back with her feet and arms up in the air and Mija’s belly is on Merry’s feet while she holds her hands. Merry’s sister used to do that to her and now she’s keeping up the tradition. It’s something that seems to be passed down through the generations. The other kids in the group are also all taking turns babysitting Mija.
#OnlyZooATL

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After returning, I look the same on the outside, but my heart and soul have been touched on the inside. I left a little piece of my heart in Africa. Thanks for joining my #TakeoverTuesday today! – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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Seeing the gorillas up-close-and-personal in their natural habitat is exhilarating! It really is one of the most memorable experiences you will encounter in your lifetime. Every trip, every encounter, it’s a different experience with the same amazing thrill. #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates

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There are only 900 mountain gorillas left on this planet, and half of the world’s mountain gorillas live in one forest. Introduce human disease or other factors that threaten gorillas, and it could be disastrous. Join me in taking a pledge to make the world a better place for gorillas, and see how easy it can be to help here: http://buff.ly/2tiFMIW #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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Each of the families offer experiences that are unique and completely different, making no two treks the same. Check out this 9-month-old male who was showing off for us. #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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The mountain gorillas are habituated and very tolerant of sharing space. On occasion, the gorillas don’t get the memo about the distance rule and get closer. Even though this gorilla snuck up behind me and decided to lie down, I gave him his space and moved away.
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In consideration of the animals and to minimize human disturbance, you are only allowed to spend one hour with the gorillas. There are no words that can truly describe your time with them. It’s both the longest and yet the shortest hour of your life. There is also a rule that you are to remain seven meters from the gorillas. Each park has this to help identify the distance rule. #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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These gorilla kids represent a critically endangered species, the mountain gorilla, and are at risk of extinction. Gorilla trekking is Rwanda and Uganda’s biggest tourism draw. Tourism is the gorillas’ best chance for survival because of the economic value. For those who are fortunate enough to trek, the experience will leave a lasting impression. #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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On our way up to see the gorillas, our guide stopped to show the group where gorillas get their water. Fun fact - gorillas don’t drink water. They get their water from the vegetation they eat. It’s the dry season now, but I’ve also seen this demonstrated in the rainy season, and you wouldn’t believe how much water comes out of these plants. #TakeoverTuesday – Jodi Carrigan, Assistant Curator of Primates
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