Plight of the Painted Dogs Presentation
The Birmingham Zoo is proud to welcome guest speakers, Peter Blinston and Jealous Mpofu, for a presentation on the Plight of the Painted Dogs in the Birmingham Zoo Auditorium on March 12, from 6:30-7:30pm. The event is open to the public, and refreshments and light snacks will be served. The Zimbabawe-based organization, Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), aims to “protect and increase the range and number of Painted Dogs,” a species unique to Africa and among that continent’s most endangered species. It is estimated that only a mere 3,000-5,000 dogs remain. PDC currently employs 55 local people in a variety of areas, including: anti-poaching units, community development and outreach programs, rehabilitation facilities and the Iganyana Arts Centre, which employs local artists using reclaimed and recycled materials.
Guest Speaker Bios:
Peter Blinston is the current Managing Director of Painted Dog Conservation and began by volunteering with the organization in England over a decade ago. He has guided the development and execution of a multi-faceted conservation program, focusing both on interventions that address direct threats to dogs, as well as negative community attitudes and habitat destruction.
Jealous Mpofu, a local Zimbabwian, joined Painted Dog Conservation in March 1987 as a tracker. He has received the Disney Wildlife Conservation Hero Award and the Van Tienhoven Award for Conservation for significant contributions to PDC, such as the development of a safe snare capture technique. This development allows PDC to capture an entire pack of African Painted Dogs and move them to a safe area if they are threatened.
To RSVP for the Painted Dog Conservation presentation, please contact Christine Hoskinson at email@example.com. For more information on how you can help protect the Painted Dog, please visit painteddog.org.
Wonders of Water
Join the Birmingham Zoo in recognizing National Wildlife Week by celebrating wildlife and water. Head out to Grandma’s Back Porch from 10am-3pm for a day full of fun crafts, children’s games, animal facts and information on various ways you can help save the planet. Don’t miss the chance to learn all about the importance of conservation, create your own water bottle bird feeder and so much more. Visitors of all ages are welcome to take part in this day full of wonder!
*The Wonders of Water event is included with the purchase of an admission ticket
There is no better place to spend your Spring Break than the Birmingham Zoo! Seasonal favorites such as Predator Zone, Children’s Zoo Splash Pads, Wildlife Shows, a Get Rhythm Drum Circle* and more are back just in time for the warmer weather. Soak up the sun and pay a visit to your favorite Zoo animals this Spring Break at the Birmingham Zoo.
*Get Rhythm Drum Circle (Located at Safari Peak):
March 22: 11:30am-1pm
March 29: 11:30am-1pm
Spring Break Camp
Register your child for a Spring Break Camp for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, train and carousel rides, animal demonstrations and a one-of-a-kind learning experience! This year, Spring Break Camps will focus on various topics such as “tall tail” animal myths and African savannah animals. Don’t miss out on these wild adventures—register your child today!
Take a look at Alabama’s agricultural heritage with a fun and educational peak into daily farm life during this annual event in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds. Watch horseshoe making demonstrations, create rural-themed arts and crafts, examine several antique tractors and farm equipment, watch a goat show and much more!
Party for the Planet (Earth Day)
Join the Birmingham Zoo in celebrating the AZA’s signature event and largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! Enjoy special activities, animal demonstrations, wildlife shows and local Birmingham business booths all focused on promoting the care and conservation of our planet.
Don’t miss this evening full of entertainment in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo! Adults 21 and up are invited to enjoy live music, appetizers, a cash bar and animal encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fourth annual event. Early Bird tickets are on sale now through March 12. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear exhibit.
What: Tails in the Trails 2014
When: May 2, 6:30-10:30PM
Where: Birmingham Zoo
International Orangutan Mothers Awareness Day (Mother’s Day)
This Mother’s Day weekend, 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 and so much more. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to support and pay tribute to orangutan mothers missing around the world. Keeper chats, face painting and educational activities will be held in front of the Primate Building for mothers and children of all ages. Create memories that will last a lifetime, and support this important cause by visiting the Birmingham Zoo this Mother’s Day weekend.
Run wild through the Zoo to raise money for African painted dogs! The 9th Annual ZooRun 5K and kids race begins in the Zoo parking lot and finishes in Trails of Africa. 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). Please click here to register today!
Memorial Day Weekend
Spend your Memorial Day weekend at the Birmingham Zoo. Splash in the fountains, take a ride on the train and carousel,* enjoy Wildlife Shows and experience all the Zoo has to offer. In 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.
In recognition of Father’s Day, all fathers get in FREE to the Birmingham Zoo with the purchase of a full-price child’s admission ticket. Throughout the day, guests can check out Wildlife Shows, watch the Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show, experience Predator Zone, enjoy a “keeper meet and greet” in the reptile building and much more.