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Zoo Atlanta’s Twilight Trek, Visiting the Zoo After Hours
I received free admission to the Twilight Trek in consideration for writing this article. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Zoo Atlanta's Twilight Trek, Visiting the Zoo After Hours
Have you ever visited the zoo after hours? Recently I had the opportunity to do just that though Zoo Atlanta's Twilight Trek program, and it was one unique experience. The Twilight Trek is a family friendly walking adventure through Zoo Atlanta. You are guided by a knowledgeable member of the Zoo Atlanta team as you learn all about the animals, conservation initiatives, and technology used by wildlife biologists to study animals in the wild. The tour itself takes about two and a half hours, and is frankly a great budget friendly way to spend an evening with the family.
Tickets are $15 for non-members of the zoo, and $12 for members. Children under 16 cost $7 for non-members and $5 for members. The program is open to all ages, but is geared for kids 6 years old or older. Keep in mind that you cannot just show up for Zoo Atlanta's Twilight Trek; reservations are required and they can be made at the Zoo Atlanta's Twilight Trek web page.
So what can I expect on the Twilight Trek?
We arrived at the zoo a little after 6 p.m. and were promptly greeted by our guides. The tour is walking and takes place at sundown, so comfortable shoes and bug spray are a must. The first thing we learned about was how wildlife biologists track and study animals in the wild.
The kids were given a radio tracker and tasked with finding an animal that had been tagged and hidden in the zoo. Now I know what you are thinking….how can it possibly be safe to tag an animal and have kids give chase though the zoo. Have no fear…..
The only thing tagged was a stuffed animal, so no harm done. From there, the kids learned about other tracking methods.
For example, snakes. You can't put a tracking collar on a snake, so what do you do?
The kids even had the opportunity to use infrared cameras to track animals though the trees. Now of course the entire tour is not just about looking at technology. This is Zoo Atlanta, so of course there were some animals spotted on our trek.
This big guy came out and said hello. We also had the opportunity to learn about a lot of the feathered animals at Zoo Atlanta. Birds happened to be our guides specialty, which made for some fascinating learning.
Take this guy. He is a rescue that wouldn't survive in the wild.
The vultures were pretty impressive. First of all, these birds are big! And do you know how it is that vultures can eat rotting meat without getting sick? Take the tour and find out! Psst….a hint for you…it has to do with stomach acid.
When birding, it helps to have super-vision. Naturally Zoo Atlanta had binoculars on hand. I wonder what he is looking at?
Flamingos. My son was checking out the flamingos with his binoculars. Beautiful birds….kinda stinky though.
The reptile room was a huge hit. The kids learned all about the different snakes and lizards at Zoo Atlanta.
So if you are looking for a reasonably priced family adventure in Atlanta, you owe it to yourself to check out Zoo Atlanta's Twilight Trek. You will be hard pressed to find a better way to spend an evening. Have fun!
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