Tours & Institution Visits
Icebreaker at the Georgia Aquarium
Wednesday, September 14
Georgia Aquarium is the setting for the 2011 Icebreaker. It is the world’s largest aquarium, with over ten million gallons of water and amazing aquatic animals, including four whale sharks, four manta rays, beluga whales and dolphins. Open since 2005, Georgia Aquarium opened its largest expansion to date, a dolphin gallery, theater and live show, in April. Catch up with friends and colleagues and tour the Aquarium’s six galleries at your leisure.
Zoo Day and Twilight Safari Party at Zoo Atlanta
Saturday, September 17
Come spend an extraordinary day and evening with Zoo Atlanta and end your AZA conference experience in a wild way! Enjoy exquisite hors d’oeuvres, scrumptious cocktails, live entertainment and more while taking an evening stroll through Atlanta’s oldest cultural attraction. Zoo Atlanta was founded in 1889 and maintains a collection of more than 1,000 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world. Spanning nearly 40 acres of lush landscapes and inviting botanicals, Zoo Atlanta is a leader in building naturalistic habitats for wildlife. Zoo Atlanta is one of only four zoos in the U.S. housing giant pandas and is home to the nation’s largest collection of gorillas, as well as North America’s largest zoological collection of orangutans. You won’t want to miss this fabulous party!
Pre- and Post-Conference Tours
Pre-Conference Tour of The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, AL
The Montgomery Zoo includes over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. The Zoo spans over 40 beautifully landscaped acres, offering you a magnificent view of exotic wildlife and endangered species. And while you are visiting the Zoo, don’t forget about the Mann Museum. The museum hosts over 275 exhibits of wildlife, various fresh and saltwater fish, reptiles and insects that are found in North America. Transportation and lunch are included.
Post-Conference Tour of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC
Following the conference, we invite you to hop on the bus and visit Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC. The Riverbanks staff is anxious to roll out the red carpet and extend some of its world famous southern hospitality. Experience behind the scenes tours of the Elephant Barn, Animal Health Center, Bird Conservation Center, Birdhouse (including the penguin exhibit), Aquarium Reptile Complex, Commissary, and Education Building along with a full slate of special presentations by animal keepers and educators. Lunch will be served at the zoo and a snack box and drink will be provided for the bus ride back to Atlanta.