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Saving Animals from Extinction at the Birmingham Zoo

SAFE_logoFriday, May 15 was the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day. The Birmingham Zoo highlighted the growing national importance of working on saving endangered species from extinction. This past Friday, visitors experienced special keeper chats relating to how they can help with saving animals from extinction (SAFE). The spotlighted animals at the Birmingham Zoo range from vulnerable to critically endangered and are part of a larger, national effort organized by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), of which the Birmingham Zoo is a member. Guests who visited the Birmingham Zoo on Friday, May 15 were able to learn about the threats that the Southern white rhino, Sumatran orangutans, Malayan tiger, Egyptian tortoise, gopher tortoise and cassowary are facing in the wild. These animals are in danger of going extinct and never being seen again. Guests also had the opportunity to speak with educators at several different animal exhibits.

As part of AZA SAFE, we encourage you to find out what YOU can do to help prevent these, and many other animals from the threat of extinction. For more information on SAFE, please visit

To support AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, Frito-Lay will donate $1 for each social share* made through to help an endangered species.  Click and share to show your support! #SavingSpecies

*Between 12:01am CT on 5/15/15 and 11:59:59pm CT on 6/15/15, Frito-Lay will contribute up to a maximum of $100,000 to SAFE to match donations and donate for social media shares made from  Limit $1 social media share donation per person per day.

Be one of the first to see the Video Debut of the first-ever Bachelor Herd of African Elephants in the U.S. at the Birmingham Zoo


The Trails of Africa exhibit designates the Birmingham Zoo as a national leader in the care and conservation of threatened elephants. We are the first accredited facility in the nation to successfully recreate an all-male African elephant herd as seen naturally in the wild. Click here to view interactions between the Zoo’s all-male African elephants!


International Red Panda Day Brings Awareness to Endangered Animal

158_5869Thank you to all our guests who participated in Red Panda Day 2014 at the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, September 20! This year, 84 guests participated in Red Panda Day and helped raise funds for the Red Panda Network. The red panda is a part of the Species Survival Plan® Program, whose mission is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA- accredited Zoos and Aquariums which includes the Birmingham Zoo. The funds raised are used to support the Red Panda Network through a sponsor adoption for these endangered animals. Thank you again to everyone who came to the Zoo and helped make this event a success!

On May 28, 2014, the Birmingham Zoo and Multiple Partners Cut Ribbon on New Solar Energy
Demonstration Project

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The Birmingham Zoo and Alabama Power recently partnered together, along with TradeWind Energy and Enel Green Power North America, to install solar panels atop the pergola in the Junior League of Birmingham-Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo, creating a roof over the pavilion. This demonstration project supports the Zoo’s conservation mission by exploring the potential of solar generation as a future, economic, energy option. As part of the project, Alabama Power has installed an interactive kiosk where Zoo visitors can monitor the energy generated by the system. Read more details about this conservation action here: Birmingham Zoo Solar Project Ribbon Cutting Media Advisory

The Birmingham Zoo Supports Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

SigourneyWeaverGorillaCouncilPSA_10-2-13The Birmingham Zoo is proud to announce its support of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, an organization dedicated to conservation education. Celebrity actress, Sigourney Weaver, is the Honorary Chair of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and portrayed Dian Fossey in the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist.” Recently, Weaver was featured in a Public Service Announcement that recognizes Birmingham Zoo’s support.

She states, “We continue to work towards a future where gorillas can survive and flourish in a safe and peaceful environment.” Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is committed to promoting continued research on gorillas and their threatened ecosystems, while providing knowledge about their relevance to the world. As a proud member of the Fund’s International Gorilla Council, the Birmingham Zoo is dedicated to advancing Fossey’s work. For more information, please click here or listen to the podcasts below.

15 second Sigourney Weaver PSA

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60 second Sigourney Weaver PSA


Join the Birmingham Zoo in Supporting 96 Elephants

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has joined the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a partner on the recently launched 96 Elephants Campaign – an effort focused on securing a U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolstering protection of African elephants and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. Your signature can make a difference in ceasing the ivory trade and ensuring the continued survival of these animals. To support this important cause and sign the 96 Elephants petition, please visit

Download the TailsUp! App Today!

As a part of the Birmingham Zoo’s conservation efforts, we have shared the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) TailsUp! app, available for all Android and Apple devices. This app provides fun and interactive games where children and adults can learn about wild animals, including where to see them and how to help them. By playing TailsUp! and learning about these animals, you can take the first step in helping save animals from extinction. AZA is a leader in saving species and is your connection to helping animals all over the world. Together, zoos, aquariums, and their visitors are saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations. Please click the appropriate links below to download the TailsUp! app today.*
*App provided courtesy of the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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Download the Palm Oil Shopping Guide App Today!

As a part of Birmingham Zoo’s conservation efforts, we have shared a convenient, sustainable palm oil app for all Android and Apple devices. What is palm oil? Palm oil is the most widely produced edible oil and can be found in every day products such as cookies, crackers, candy, frozen dinners, shampoo, lotions, cosmetics and pet food. The high demand for palm oil has led to a rapid destruction of the rainforest habitat, home to endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans. By downloading the Palm Oil Shopping Guide app, you can find out how to take the next step in making a difference for orangutans and other species affected by the palm oil crisis. To download the app and learn more about palm oil-friendly shopping decisions, please click the appropriate links below.*

*App provided courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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Download the Seafood Watch App Today!

As a part of the Birmingham Zoo’s conservation efforts, we have shared the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app, available for all Android and Apple devices. This app shares recommendations that help consumers, chefs and businesses choose seafood that is caught or farmed in ways that do not harm the environment. Seafood Watch indicates which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” By downloading the Seafood Watch app, you can find out how to take the next step in making a difference to create a better future for our oceans. To download the app and learn more about ocean-friendly shopping decisions, please click the appropriate links below.*

*App provided courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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