Founded in the late 1880s when a traveling circus broke down and went bankrupt in Atlanta, the Atlanta Zoo opened in Grant Park with a jaguar, hyena, black bear, camels, and other creatures.  The zoo expanded significantly in 1935 when Asa G. Candler, Jr., founder of the Coca-Cola Company and former Atlanta mayor, donated his […]

Beginning with a panda cub carried into the United States in the arms of fashion designer Ruth Harkness in 1936, Americans have been fascinated by giant pandas for decades.  We fawned over Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, the 18-month-old pandas who were gifts from the Chinese government during the Nixon Administration, and flocked by the millions to […]