Meerkat

All photos: Anna Norris/MNN

Zoo Atlanta has been around since 1889, when it was started to house circus animals that had been donated to the city. One of the nation's most historic zoos, it is considered Atlanta's oldest cultural attraction.

"Now 125 years removed from its circus origins, Zoo Atlanta has evolved from a quaint picnic stop where people gawked at wild animals to a conservation organization seeking to engage the public in the lives of its animal ambassadors and the preservation of their counterparts in the wild," the zoo's website reads.

Today, the zoo has more than 1,500 animals across its 40 acres of naturalistic habitats, and focuses on conservation of species throughout the world. Here are just a few of the diverse range of animals that can be found there.

Baby panda

Giant panda cub

***

 

Snake

Copperhead snake

***

 

Red panda

Red panda

***

 

Meerkat

Meerkat

***

 

sleeping panda

Giant panda

***

 

Duck

Duck

***

 

King Vulture

King vulture

***

 

Gecko

Giant day gecko

***

 

White-crested laughing thrush

White-crested laughing thrush

***

Related stories on MNN: