In April of 2011, the Birmingham Zoo opened its signature exhibit, Trails of Africa. Trails of Africa designates the Birmingham Zoo as a national leader in the care and conservation of threatened elephants. Visitors can experience, explore, and become educated on the new and existing animals and their expanded exhibit areas.
Over the last 30 years, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has focused on developing family herds of females and young males, which created the need for “bachelor herds.” Trails of Africa features an elephant herd of four male African elephants. It also includes ground and aerial observation opportunities that provide education and entertainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors who can enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.
With its botanical and cultural immersion-themed motif, Trails of Africa creates an immediate impact as a prestigious, world-class community asset. It is an economic engine for growth and tourism, and a science and ecology hub for primary schools. Trails of Africa is a place where adults and children alike can observe African wildlife and, in the process, they can also be enlightened about the plight of endangered animals and inspired to support global wildlife conservation efforts.