2012-11-22 — / — Join Santa when the holiday season begins Thanksgiving weekend

WHO: Looking for reasons for thanks this holiday season? Start with 216 mammals, 607 birds, 350 reptiles, 106 amphibians, 41 invertebrates, and a gorgeous late fall forecast. The gates are wide open Thanksgiving weekend – even for a very special guest not known to use traditional entry points.

WHAT: Santa makes his annual first stop in the home of animals from around the world at Cookies with Santa on Saturday, November 24. Bring the little ones for a personal visit and professional photo, and kick off the season with cookies, hot chocolate, costume characters, festive crafts and family holiday cheer.

Advance reservations to Cookies with Santa are $10 for Zoo Atlanta Members; $15 for non-Members. Online ticket sales end Friday, November 23 at 11 p.m. on Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at $13 for Members; $18 for non-Members

Tickets do not include general admission; non-Members must purchase general admission to attend. Tickets are required for all attendees, including children under 3.

WHEN: Saturday, November 24, 2012
8:30 a.m. (Zoo Members only); 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Zoo Atlanta
Conservation Action Resource Center (ARC)
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315

CONTACT: Keisha N. Hines, Director of Public Relations and Communications
404.624.5980 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

Simone Griffin, Public Relations Coordinator

ABOUT: About Zoo Atlanta
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. A slate of new up-close-and-personal experiences opened in spring 2012: giraffe feeding, permitting guests to hand-feed Earth’s tallest living land mammals, and Wild Encounters, three new behind-the-scenes adventures with African elephants, giant pandas and Komodo dragon. Other highlights include the nation’s largest collection of western lowland gorillas, the nation’s largest zoological collection of orangutans and a global center of excellence for the care and study of vanishing reptiles and amphibians. The Zoo is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, call 404.624.WILD or visit