Events

 

Spend Your Spring Break at the Zoo!


giraffe_feedingSaturday, March 28- Sunday, April 5
There is no better place to spend your Spring Break than the Birmingham Zoo! From Saturday, March 28 through Sunday, April 5, the entire family can enjoy feeding the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, gliding through Alabama Wilds on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure*, taking a ride on the new Wild Slide*, the new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Shows and more. Seasonal favorites are back such as camel rides*, giraffe feedings at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter*, Splash Pads at the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo and much more! Soak up the sun and pay a visit to your favorite Zoo animals this Spring Break at the Birmingham Zoo. View our Daily Activities page here to plan your visit!
*Additional cost

 

Register Your Child for Exciting Spring Break Camps!

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Register your child for a Spring Break Camp for exclusive behind-the-scene 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 “Dining in the Desert,” “Surviving the Swamp,” and “Movement in the Mountains.” Don’t miss out on these wild adventures and register your child today! For more information and to reserve a spot for your child, click here.

 

Join us for the Zoo’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

Zoo_60thLogo_MonkeyFinal2Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5
Help us kickoff our 60th Anniversary during this weekend of celebration! Activities throughout the weekend include feeding the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, riding the new Wild Slide*, gliding through Alabama Wilds on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure*, experiencing special animal enrichments, face painting, new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Shows, giraffe feedings*, playing in the Splash Pads and more.

The first 60 guests to arrive on Saturday, April 4 will receive a FREE Birmingham Zoo 60th Anniversary tote bag. An interactive Get Rhythm® Drum Circle will take place at 11:30am on Saturday, April 4 in Trails of Africa for a community music-making experience. At 12pm on Saturday guests can enjoy FREE Bud’s Best Cookies while supplies last, special 60th Anniversary buttons and more. On Saturday and Sunday enjoy 60 cent ice cream sandwiches while supplies last in the Kudzoo and Safari Cafes!

On Sunday, April 5, guests born in or before 1955 get in FREE! You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend at the Zoo full of activities that the whole family is sure to enjoy!
*Additional cost

Friday, April 3
Daily: Enjoy the Foam Zone
Daily: Experience Camel Rides
9:30am-11:30am: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
10am-2pm: Enjoy Educational Activities in the Special Events Yard
11am: See a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show
12pm: Enjoy the Bear Enrichment near the Predator Building
1pm-3pm: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
2pm: Enjoy the Komodo Dragon enrichment
3pm: Experience a Behind the Scenes with Educational Animals at the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage

Saturday, April 4
Daily: Enjoy the Foam Zone
Daily: Experience Camel Rides
9:30am-11:30am: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
10am: Enjoy a Lion enrichment
10am-2pm: Enjoy Educational Activities in the Special Events Yard
11am: See a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show
11am-1:30pm: Make Music at the Get Rhythm Drum Circle in Trails of Africa
11am: Play “Simon Says” with an elephant in the Boma Yard
12pm: Enjoy Free Bud’s Best Cookies while supplies last in the Special Events Yard
1pm-3pm: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
1pm-3pm: Enjoy Face painting and crafts at Trails of Africa
2pm: Enjoy a Komodo Dragon enrichment
2:30pm: Experience a Rhino encounter by the Rhino exhibit in Trails of Africa
3pm: Experience a Behind the Scenes with Educational Animals at the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage

Sunday, April 5
Daily
: Enjoy the Foam Zone
Daily: Experience Camel Rides
9:30am-11:30am: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
10am-2pm: Enjoy Educational Activities in the Special Events Yard
11am: See a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show
1pm: Watch Kumar, the Malayan Tiger, during a training demo
1pm-3pm: Get up-close and Feed a Giraffe at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
1pm-3pm: Enjoy Face painting and crafts at Trails of Africa
2pm: Enjoy a Komodo Dragon enrichment
3pm: Experience a Behind the Scenes with Educational Animals at the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage

Farm Day

Saturday, April 11
IMG_8953Bring the family and join us for Farm Day on Saturday, April 11! Take a look at Alabama’s agricultural heritage with a fun and educational peek into daily farm life during this annual event in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds. Create rural-themed arts and crafts, examine several antique tractors and farm equipment, watch a goat show and much more!

Schedule of Activities:
10am–12pm: Interact up-close with the Dwarf Nigerian Goats in the Corral
10am–2pm: Visit the booths featuring local farmers and agricultural groups located around the Kudzoo Café
10am–3:30pm: Enjoy seeing tractors located in the parking lot, near Kudzoo Café and near the Carousel
11am–12pm: Experience a Sheep Shearing in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn
1pm–2pm: Play a Jeopardy style Trivia Game in the Corral to win prizes!
1pm–2pm: Enjoy a Children’s Zoo Livestock Keeper Chat in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn
2pm–2:30pm: Enjoy a Goat show in the Corral
2pm–2:30pm: Experience a Ferrier Demo with Napoleon the Pony in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn
2:30pm–3pm: See a Hoof Trimming Demo in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Barn
3pm-3:30pm: Enjoy a Goat show in the Corral

Party for the Planet (Earth Day)

Saturday, April 18
10am-2pm
Party for the Planet 2012.exhibitor.1Join the Birmingham Zoo as we celebrate AZA’s signature event and the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! Enjoy visiting local Birmingham business booths that are all focused on promoting the care and conservation of our planet. While you’re here, feed the lorikeets* in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary, take a ride on the new Wild Slide*, glide through Alabama Wilds on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure, watch an exciting new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, get an up-close animal encounter and feed the giraffes at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter*, cool off in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo splash pads, ride the train* and carousel* and more!
*Additional cost

Join Us for Tails in the Trails 2015

Friday, April 24
6:30-10:30pm

Tails2014BearLogoDon’t miss this evening full of entertainment and help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo! Adults 21 and up are invited to enjoy live music by Gentleman Zero, appetizers, a cash bar, silent auction and animal encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fifth annual event. Early Bird tickets are available here! Be sure to purchase your tickets before prices increase April 1.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, coming soon to the Birmingham Zoo.

New this year, meet International Animal Expert and TV Personality Jack Hanna, star of the Fox 6 show, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild!”

What: Tails in the Trails 2015
When: April 24, 6:30-10:30PM
Where: Junior League of Birmingham- Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo

Tickets:
Click here for early bird tickets, $15 through March 31
$20 April 1- April 23
$25 at the door

Visit the Zoo and Enjoy Story Time with Books-A-Million

Sunday, April 26
2:30-3pm
186_8617Birmingham Zoo invites you and your family to enjoy story time hosted by Books-A-Million! This event is free with admission and will be held at Kori Kountry near the Aviary. Guests will enjoy hearing an animal-themed story and creating a themed craft. Story time at the Zoo is a fun, educational experience you won’t want to miss!

Register For A Weekend Photo Safari

Friday, May 1, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, May 2, 8am-5pm
Sunday, May 3, 12pm-4pm

20140522-20140522-IMG_5421 (800x437)Photography enthusiasts from beginners to experts are invited to join skilled wildlife and nature photographer, George Ritchey, for a special weekend photography workshop. Participants will learn tricks of the trade in a classroom setting, participate in a guided photo safari experience throughout the Zoo grounds and learn to digitally enhance their wildlife photographs.
To register, call 205-397-3877 or email education@birminghamzoo.com

Requirements: Camera and ability to walk and stand for 3-4 hours.
Equipment: Camera and flash, image capture cards, tripod, lens and extra batteries
*In the case of inclement weather the workshop will be rescheduled.

Lunch can be purchased at the Zoo’s Kudzoo Cafe.
**Maximum 14 participants

Price:
Members- $175*
Non-Members- $200*
*Plus tax
*Price includes entry to the Birmingham Zoo

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 ZooRun 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.

Save the Date for the All-New Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Event!

Saturday, June 20
5pm-8pm
ZooBrewsBBQ_LogoFINAL1Cheers to 60 Years! Save the date for the all-new Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Event at the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, June 20 to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and the Year of Alabama Barbeque! During this family event at the Birmingham Zoo you will be able to enjoy live music, Full Moon Bar-B-Que*, brews*, drinks*, animal greetings and walkabouts with , a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, a bouncy castle, train rides and much more! All guests will receive a complimentary memorabilia cup. All proceeds will benefit the care of the Zoo’s animals and educational programming.

What: Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que
When: Saturday, June 20, 5pm-8pm
Where: The Birmingham Zoo

Tickets:
Adults- $15
Children under 12- $10

*Food is included in the ticket price. Brews and soft drinks are an additional price.
**The Junior-League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo will close at 4pm on June 20. All attractions will close at 4:15pm on June 20. The Zoo will close at 4:30pm on June 20.

Birmingham Zoo Breaks Attendance Record Third-Year in a Row!

NQ0X3396In 2014, a record number of 574,581 visitors made their way to the Birmingham Zoo, setting the Zoo’s new all-time attendance record! This is the third year in a row that the Zoo has broken an attendance record.

Thank you to everyone (members, patrons, visitors, volunteers, board members, staff, Zoo supporters, etc.) who visited or helped the Zoo reach this goal! Throughout the year 2014, Birmingham Zoo guests enjoyed “The Baby Bunch” in the spring which featured some of the Zoo’s youngest animals, meeting Bety and Sassy, the two newly rescued American black bears, the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure and much more.  Spread the word, we are asking everyone to be sure to visit the Birmingham Zoo throughout 2015 to help celebrate 60 years of the Zoo and to help break another attendance record!

Enjoy a Weekend of Rides!

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Wild Slide – Enjoy Your Ride!

Experience the thrill of the all-new Wild Slide! Fun for all ages, glide past your friends and family on this exhilarating inner tube ride of over 100 feet! Feel the blast of speed and fun on this amazing new attraction near the Primate Building!

Hours:
Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Sundays, 9am-4pm

Price:
$2.50* per ride
$6* Unlimited Wristband (includes unlimited rides on slide, train, carousel and more)
*plus tax

Height Requirement:
36 inches.

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Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

Take an aerial journey at the Birmingham Zoo on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure! This weekend attraction will take you through the treetops of Alabama Wilds as you soar to extraordinary heights reaching 20 feet above ground level. Powered by Red Mountain Park, this attraction is fun for the entire family!

Hours:
Saturdays, 10am-4:30pm
Sundays, 12pm-4:30pm

Price:
$12 for members
$15 for non-members

Requirements:
Minimum weight of 45 pounds – maximum weight of 250 lbs.
All participants must be at least 42” tall.