The Birmingham Zoo is our region’s portal to our planet’s animal diversity. With about 800 animals representing over 200 species, the Zoo pursues a noble mission of inspiring passion for the natural world through conservation, education, science, and recreation.
One of our Learning Center destinations, the Zoo celebrates regional biodiversity in its Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo. Native species in the Alabama Wilds portion of the Children’s Zoo include the Gray Fox, North American Beaver, River Otter, Bobcat, Striped Skunk, and Bald Eagle. Natives found elsewhere in the Zoo include the American Alligator and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Working with other accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoo protects some of the world’s most endangered species. The Zoo actively participates in AZA’s Species Survival Plan Programs for over 20 of its rarest species, including the African Wild Dog and Red Panda.
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
• What To Do •
Days of adventure await you at the Zoo. Feed giraffes and lorikeets, get up-close with an elephant, get splashed by sea lions, or chat with a zookeeper. Children can enjoy the carousel, water features, and interactive animal barn in the Children’s Zoo. Join the safari in Trails of Africa where elephants and other savanna dwellers live in a state-of-the-art facility. Groups can take part in after-hours tours and activities, while kids wanting full immersion can enroll in Zoo Camp and Zookeeper for a Day programs. With hundreds of exhibits and activities, there’s no shortage of fun, adventure, and learning.
• Seasonal Highlights •
Animals on display are active all year because the Zoo selects species that can naturally adjust to Birmingham’s climate. Many are particularly active in autumn and spring when temperatures are mild. Butterflies in the butterfly house are best observed during the warmer months. There are daily rhythms, too, with animals being most active early and late in the day. At the Zoo there are seasonal events combining education and fun, including Boo at the Zoo and the Zoolight Safari. The Zoo is open year round, but closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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