There’s Always Something New at the Birmingham Zoo!
Saving Animals from Extinction at the Birmingham Zoo
Friday, 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 www.aza.org.
Come See the Bears in Their Temporary Exhibit!
Visit the Birmingham Zoo and see Bety and Sassy, the rescued American black bears, in their temporary exhibit in the Predator Building before they move to their exhibit in Alabama Wilds, the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, opening Summer 2015.
New- 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!
Throughout 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!
Visit the Zoo and Enjoy Story Time with Books-A-Million
Sunday, June 28
Birmingham 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!
Visit the Zoo for Share a Coke Day and Get Your Name on a Coca Cola!
Monday, June 1
The Birmingham Zoo is excited to partner with Coca Cola for Share a Coke day at the Zoo. Visit the Zoo on Monday, June 1 and receive a FREE custom Coca Cola with your name on the can from 10am-4pm! Guests can receive one can for themselves and one can for a friend. This event is free with admission to the Birmingham Zoo.
Sign Up Now for the Members Only ZooSnooze
Friday, June 19
Don’t miss your chance to take a night tour and ZooSnooze* around the Birmingham Zoo on Friday, June 19! Sleep beneath the stars like the animals while you enjoy an up-close animal encounter, a carousel ride and much more. Register today for this night full of excitement, and don’t forget to bring your flashlight. Pre-registration is required for this event, so please call 205.879.0409 ext. 275 to sign up today.
Purchase Your Tickets for the All-New Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Event!
Saturday, June 20
Cheers 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! The first 1,000 guests ages 21 and up 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
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 3:45pm on June 20. The Zoo will close at 4pm on June 20.
All Fathers Receive FREE* Admission for Father’s Day!
Sunday, June 21
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 feed the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary*, ride the new Wild Slide*, enjoy a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, watch the Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show, experience Predator Zone, and much more! In honor of the Zoo’s 60th Anniversary, the first 60 fathers to enter the Zoo will receive a FREE koozie!
*This offer is exclusive for Father’s Day, June 21, only.
Enjoy a Weekend of Rides!
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)
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
$12* for members
$15* for non-members
Minimum weight of 45 pounds – maximum weight of 250 lbs.
All participants must be at least 42” tall.