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Party for the Planet (Earth Day)

Party for the Planet 2012.exhibitor.1April 19
Join the Birmingham Zoo in celebrating the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 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.


Tails in the Trails (Back by Popular Demand!)

Tails in the TrailsMay 2
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 greetings at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fourth annual event. Tickets are now on sale. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, the new black bear exhibit coming to the Birmingham Zoo.

What: Tails in the Trails 2014
When: May 2, 6:30-10:30PM
Where: Birmingham Zoo

For more information, visit the Tails in the Trails information page. To purchase your ticket today, please click here.


International Orangutan Mothers Awareness Day (Mother’s Day)

Orangutan (9 of 59)May 10-11

In recognition of Mother’s Day, all mothers will get in FREE to the Birmingham Zoo on May 11 with the purchase of a full-price child’s admission ticket.* 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. For more information on orangutan conservation, please click here.
*This offer is exclusive for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 only.

Schedule of events:

  • 10am: Animal enrichment
  • 10am-3pm: Educational information available
  • 10am-3pm: Children’s activities (while supplies last)
  • 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm: Keeper chats



ZooRun2014May 17
Run wild through the Zoo to raise money for African painted dogs! The 9th Annual ZooRun 5K and kids race begin in the Zoo parking lot and finish in Trails of Africa. Please see below for start times. All participants will 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!

Schedule of Events:
6:30am- Registration and number pickup begins
7:30am- 5K begins in main zoo parking lot
8:15am- Turtle Trot (Ages 2 and under)
8:25am- Chicken Cha-Cha (Ages 3-4)
8:35am- Skunk Scurry (Ages 5-7)
8:45am- Serval Sprint (Ages 8-12)
9:00am- Awards Ceremony at Trails of Africa


Memorial Day Weekend

IMG_5470May 23-26
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.
*Additional cost


Father’s Day

IMG_3230June 15
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.


Have you heard about the Zoo’s newest attraction, Soaring Safari powered by Red Mountain Park? See details here!