Zoo Support

GiraffeThe Birmingham Zoo has progressed tremendously – from a humble beginning in 1950 with a small menagerie of animals in a firehouse, to the keepers of “Miss Fancy,” the Zoo’s very first elephant, to a vast and multi-faceted species conservation center providing direct care to approximately 750 animals of 250 species from 6 continents.

The Zoo does not operate on admission prices alone. We depend on the generous support of individuals, sponsors, corporations, foundations, members and municipalities to help make the Birmingham Zoo one of the best zoos in the country. Your donation allows the Zoo continue to grow and develop by providing funding for new habitat design and construction, conservation efforts, education programs, general improvements, continued care of the animals and much more.

The Birmingham Zoo accepts cash, checks, all major credit cards, and stock. To make a stock gift, please contact the Development Office at 205.397.3856.

4 Star Charity Navigator
The Birmingham Zoo is the proud recipient of the 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the Zoo consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Approximately a quarter of the charities evaluated have received the highest rating, indicating that the Zoo outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the Zoo from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

Purchase Your Ticket to Tails in the Tails Today!

May 2

Tails2014BearLogoDon’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 encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fourth annual event. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear exhibit.

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.

Support the Zoo and Donate to the Animal Care and Health Center

The Birmingham Zoo’s Animal Care and Health Center needs your help. For more information on how you or your company can support the specific needs of the Animal Care and Health Center, please watch the video below. To make a donation today, click here and be sure to designate: Animal Care and Health.

Ways to Give

The Birmingham Zoo “Inspires Passion for the Natural World” and enables guests to experience first-hand the wonders of the wild world. Like all non-profit organizations, the Zoo cannot operate without support. By giving to the Birmingham Zoo, not only are you playing an essential role in helping care for the Zoo’s animal ambassadors – you are also directly supporting education programs, worldwide conservation, groundbreaking research and much more. Each charitable gift, no matter the size, allows the Zoo to continue its mission to “Inspire Passion for the Natural World.” On behalf of Zoo staff and the hundreds of animals that enrich the lives of guests every day, thank you for your support.


Annual Appeal

Planned Giving – Known as deferred gifts, these planned gifts benefit the future through charitable wills, gift annuities, insurance and trusts.

Endowment – Make a gift to our Endowment Fund or to a designated fund for education, conservation or horticulture.

Honorariums and Memorials – Many have chosen to remember loved ones by honoring them with a gift in their name.

Adopt-An-Animal to support animals directly. All proceeds go toward the care and feeding of the animals at the Birmingham Zoo!

Donate Online

You can donate online. The Birmingham Zoo also accepts cash, checks, all major credit cards, and stock. To make a stock gift, please contact us at 205.397.3856.

Birmingham Zoo Financials

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s Fiscal Year 2010 990. (PDF)

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s Fiscal Year 2011 990. (PDF)

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s 2011 Audited Financial Statements. (PDF)

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s 2012 Audited Financial Statements. (PDF)

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s 2011 Annual Report. (PDF)

The Birmingham Zoo has a policy regarding available audited financials. If you are interested, please contact Karen Carroll, VP of Development, at 205.397.3856.