There’s Always Something New at the Birmingham Zoo!


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

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

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

Visit the Zoo for International Orangutan Mothers Awareness Day (Mother’s Day)

Saturday, May 9- Sunday, May 10
Orangutan (4 of 59) (576x800)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!* Feed the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary (additional cost), take a ride on the new Wild Slide (additional cost), see a new Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, glide through Alabama Wilds on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure (additional cost) and more. Take a spin on the carousel (additional cost), feed the giraffes at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter (additional cost), check out the four African bull elephants at Trails of Africa, ride on a camel (additional cost) 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.

Spring Membership Drive is Going on Now!

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

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

Sunday, May 24
186_8617Birmingham Zoo invites you and your family to enjoy story time hosted by Books-A-Million! This event is free with admission. 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!


Purchase Your Tickets for the All-New Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Event!

Saturday, June 20
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 by The Whigs, Full Moon Bar-B-Que*, brews* provided by Good People Brewing Company, drinks*, animal greetings and walkabouts, 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. For tickets, please click here.

What: Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que
When: Saturday, June 20, 5pm-8pm
Where: The Birmingham Zoo (Entrance through the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo)

Click here for tickets
Adults: $15
Children 2 – 12 years old: $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!

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!

April 6 – May 22
Thursdays & Fridays: 10am-2pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-4:30pm

$2.50* per ride
$8* Unlimited Wristband (includes unlimited rides on slide, train, carousel and more)
*plus tax

Height Requirement:
36 inches.


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!

April 6 – May 22
Saturdays: 10am-4:30pm
Sundays: 12pm-4:30pm

$12* for members
$15* for non-members
*Plus tax

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