Zoo Atlanta is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoological park in Atlanta, Georgia, which houses over 1,500 animals representing more than 220 species. The zoo has the nation's largest zoological collections of gorillas and orangutans and is one of four zoos in the U.S. currently housing giant pandas. It was opened in 1889 and covers an area of 40 acre (16 ha) divided in eight exhibits, such as The Ford African Rain Forest, African Plains, Boundless Budgies or the Asian Forest, which houses both sumatran and bornean orangutans. Zoo Atlanta started keeping gorillas on the arrival of Willie B, a one year old male who arrived from Africa. Kekla, still living at this zoo, was the first baby gorilla to born here, in March 1989 to parents Paki and Ozoum.
Keeping the largest gorilla pod in the United States, Zoo Atlanta houses its gorillas in five different groups. They have five outdoor prairies (6350 m2 in total), separated by a dry moat system on a complex called The Ford African Rain Forest. Each enclosure includes grass substrate, large hardwood shade trees, saplings, bushes, and fallen trees. There are rockwork streams and waterfalls in two of the four habitats. Water is available in the other two from push-button drinkers. There is a dayroom yard (69 m2), eleven bedrooms, and one "introduction room" of 33 m2, a room divided by a double mesh panel. A quarantine area is located adjacent to the dayroom and is on a separate air system. A door panel can be utilized to transfer animals from quarantine into the dayroom.