Shamba was grandmother to Mijadala, who was born in September 2016. Shamba died in October 2017.
Photo: Zoo Atlanta
Photo: Zoo Atlanta

Every grandma and grandpa can get into Zoo Atlanta for free on Sunday

Anyone whose child has had a child — more simply put, any grandparents — can get into Zoo Atlanta without paying a dime on Sunday.

All grandmas and grandpas have to do to receive free admission is be accompanied by someone with a regularly-priced child or adult ticket, or a Zoo Atlanta Member, and mention “Grandparents Day” at admissions.

The promotion is valid for two grandparents per purchased ticket or member card. Mention “Grandparents Day” at admissions to redeem the discount.

Zoo Atlanta is home to several grandparents, including western lowland gorillas Ozzie, 57, and Choomba, 55. The gorillas have more than 40 descendants living at the zoo and in zoological organizations throughout the U.S. 

Choomba and Shamba are the grandmothers of the zoo’s youngest gorilla, Mijadala, born in September 2016.

The promotion is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage.

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Tickets and hours

General admission to Zoo Atlanta is $22.99 for ages 12 and up when purchased online ($25.99 at the gate), $16.99 for children age 3-11 ($17.99 at the gate), $18.99 for seniors 65 and over ($21.99 at the gate), and free for children 2 and under. Admission for college students is $21.99 (only at the gate) and free for active-duty, reserves, veterans and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have a valid military ID.

Zoo memberships start at $99 per year and include free admission and other discounts.

The zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m, with the last admissions sold at 4:30 p.m.

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More about the zoo:

Chantek, Zoo Atlanta’s male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language died on August 7 at age 39. (Footage provided by Zoo Atlanta)

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