|Flamingo at Zoo Atlanta
Gress took the animals...four lions, two wildcats, two deer, two monkeys, two snakes, and one each of a hyena, gazelle, raccoon, elk, Mexican hog, camel, and a dromedary (a single-hump member of the camel family). The original 12 species today numbers approximately 220.
Gress donated the animals to the city of Atlanta, which were moved to Grant Park where Zoo Atlanta remains to this day. Gress also assumed the responsibility for building the habitat cages and additionally donated thousands of dollars so that poor children could visit the Zoo.
He later purchased the Atlanta Cyclorama, also in Grant Park and a must-see Atlanta attraction, and donated it to Atlanta, as well.
ATLANTApix of the tourATLANTA blog features a "photo-of-the-day" of Atlanta. Come back tomorrow for a new one!