The renovated Cyclorama building will have an event space overlooking the savanna habitat at Zoo Atlanta.
The renovated Cyclorama building will have an event space overlooking the savanna habitat at Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta has received a gift of $2 million from the Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation as part of the “Grand New View” campaign.

The gift, one of the largest from an individual donor in Zoo Atlanta history, will enable the Zoo to claim the entire match of a $20 million challenge grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation for a campaign total of $41 million.

Now in design development and expected to break ground in early 2017, the “Grand New View” project will enable an unprecedented expansion of Zoo Atlanta made possible by the move of the “Battle of Atlanta” painting to the Atlanta History Center. The historic Cyclorama building and its adjacent property will be revitalized as an event center overlooking a new African savanna, where the Zoo’s African elephants and giraffes will roam in a new and significantly expanded habitat. Other transformations will include a grand entry plaza from Cherokee Avenue following the demolition of the Zoo’s present Administration Building. The City of Atlanta has agreed to fund a parking and mobility solution to address the current and future needs for transportation and access to Grant Park. Project completion is expected in early 2019.

The ballroom space inside the revamped Cyclorama building will be named the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Ballroom in honor of the parents of Chris Carlos, a longtime personal supporter of Zoo Atlanta who is to be recognized as the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year at National Philanthropy Day this fall.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.