The new African Savanna just opened as the first phase of the three-part Grand New View project that is transforming Zoo Atlanta. The new elephant environment more than triples the size of the former elephant habitat and is designed with elephant well-being in mind. Elements include Abana Pond, the largest of the complex’s three water features, a pond with 360-degree access and a gentle slope for ease of use by multiple elephants. Additional features include Chishimba Falls and Kalambo Falls, two waterfalls named after falls in Africa. The indoor Zambezi Elephant Center can house up to seven elephants. A special observation area gives visitors the chance to look inside the building for a behind-the-scenes look at the elephants’ care. Other residents of the African Savanna include zebras, giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats. Future elements of Grand New View will include Savanna Hall, a special event destination that will overlook the new African Savanna from the historic former Cyclorama building, and a new grand entry plaza; both will open in early 2020.(