Mini-Gallery: Zoo Atlanta's Slimy Scaly Spectacular


Photo by Bonnie J. Heath Photography

Last Friday I ventured out to a media preview of Zoo Atlanta's new Slimy, Scaly Spectacular exhibit with HSW Videographer Tyler Klang and my wife Bonnie J. Heath. Tyler and I were there to grab some video and an interview, but Bonnie was kind enough to capture a few beautiful reptile images to share with the site. Only a few of the coldblooded tenants had made the move to their new digs, but the new $18-million complex really made those specimens shine.

The Slimy, Scaly Spectacular replaces the old World of Reptiles house, which opened to the public in 1967. The new 14,000-square-foot exhibit boasts rich, environmental enclosures that maximize the viewing experience for all ages. As a father of a 3-year-old, this is a much appreciated upgrade, because the old enclosures were stark and difficult for little ones to view. Now he can get right up close and personal with the serpent of his choice.

The Slimy, Scaly Spectacular opens its doors to the public on April 2.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.