There’s Always Something New at the Birmingham Zoo!

 

 

Thank You for Helping Find Gumby, the Kookaburra!

GumbyThank you to the entire community for sharing information about Gumby, the missing kookaburra. Thanks to a special Homewood Zoo supporter, Gumby is back at the Birmingham Zoo and has been reunited with his keepers. He is doing well and resting. Thank you for your support and thoughts!

 

Come See the Bears in Their Temporary Exhibit!

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10380218_10152495067254680_6512571516363476596_oVisit the Birmingham Zoo and see Bety and Sassy, the rescued American black bears, in their temporary exhibit in the Predator Building before they move to their exhibit in Alabama Wilds, the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, opening Summer 2015.

Thank You, Jack Hanna!

IMG_9128bThe Birmingham Zoo would like to thank Jack Hanna, international animal expert and TV personality, and his staff from the Columbus Zoo for their attendance as the featured guests at the Merrill Lynch and Tails in the Trails events. On April 23, attendees were able to meet Jack Hanna and interact with his amazing staff and animals at the Merrill Lynch event. On April 24, the Tails in the Trails event offered attendees the opportunity a meet and greet with Jack Hanna as well. Both events were a tremendous success, and the Birmingham Zoo thanks Jack Hanna and his team for their time and dedication.  Be sure to watch Jungle Jack’s Fox show, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild!” and visit jackhanna.com for information on his conservation efforts around the world. Thank you!

All Mothers Receive FREE* Admission for Mother’s Day!

Orangutan (4 of 59) (576x800)Saturday, May 9- Sunday, May 10
In recognition of Mother’s Day, all mothers will get in FREE to the Birmingham Zoo on May 10 with the purchase of a full-price child’s admission ticket!* The first 60 mothers to enter the Zoo on Sunday, May 10 will receive a FREE 60th Anniversary tote bag! All guests can feed the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary**, take a ride on the new Wild Slide**, see a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, glide through Alabama Wilds on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure** and more. Take a spin on the carousel**, feed the giraffes at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter**, check out the four African bull elephants at Trails of Africa, ride on a camel** and so much more. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to support and pay tribute to orangutan mothers missing around the world. Create memories that will last a lifetime, and support this important cause by visiting the Birmingham Zoo this Mother’s Day weekend. For more information on orangutan conservation, please click here.
*This offer is exclusive for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 only.
**Additional cost.

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
10am: Watch an Orangutan enrichment by the Orangutan exhibit in the Primate Building
10am-3pm: Get exciting conservation information by the Orangutan exhibit and in front of the Primate Building
10am-3pm: Participate in kids activities by the Orangutan exhibit and in front of the Primate Building- Hurry, supplies are limited!
10:30am: Enjoy a keeper chat by the Orangutan exhibit in the Primate Building
11:30am: Enjoy a keeper chat by the Orangutan exhibit in the Primate Building
1:30pm: Enjoy a keeper chat by the Orangutan exhibit in the Primate Building
2:30pm: Enjoy a keeper chat by the Orangutan exhibit in the Primate Building

Spring Membership Drive is Going on Now!

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LOGO_DC_SCIENTIFICNew- All Birmingham Zoo Members receive 10% off any service from DC Scientific Pest Control. For more information or to sign up today, please click here.

 

Help the Birmingham Zoo celebrate its 60th Anniversary this year!

Zoo_60thLogo_MonkeyFinal2Throughout 2015, the Birmingham Zoo will be celebrating with new and exciting events, giveaways and more. There are many reasons to celebrate the Birmingham Zoo turning 60, and we want you to join us! Make sure you are following the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your chance to win prizes during the 60 days of giveaways! The Zoo is also excited to announce a brand new event, Zoo, Brews and Full Moon BBQ on June 20! Be sure to visit the Zoo’s website regularly for information on these events and all of the upcoming 60th anniversary events.

Did you know that Monkey Island was the Zoo’s first official exhibit and was dedicated on April 2, 1955? In 2008, this exhibit was removed to make way for Trails of Africa. Since its opening, the Zoo has continued to grow; in 2002, the Birmingham Zoo opened the Junior League of Birmingham- Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo, opened Trails of Africa in 2011, and coming soon- the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail will be finished in summer 2015. Spread the word, visit the Zoo and join us as we celebrate 60 Years and Still Swinging!

Register for the 10th Annual Zoo Run

Saturday, May 16
ZooRun2015SeaLionLogoRegister today and run wild through the Zoo to benefit the Marine Mammal Center! The 10th Annual Zoo Run 5K begins at 7:30am in the Zoo parking lot and finishes in Trails of Africa and the kids races begin at 8am in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn. All participants receive FREE admission to the Zoo, with the opportunity to purchase additional discounted admission tickets for family (good for the day of the race only), a special t-shirt and more! Please click here to register today!

Registration is open until the day of the race. The Award Ceremony will take place following the completion of the races in Trails of Africa.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at the Birmingham Zoo

May 23-25
veterans-dayIn honor of Memorial Day weekend, all active, disabled and retired military personnel and their dependents can enjoy FREE admission to the Zoo with proof of a valid military I.D. Guests are invited to feed the lorikeets in the newly renovated Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, glide through the treetops on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure*, take a ride on the new Wild Slide*, cool off in the splash fountains, take a ride on the train and carousel*, enjoy a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show and experience all the Zoo has to offer. *Additional cost