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.

Save the Date for Tails in the Trails (Back by Popular Demand!)

Friday, April 24

Tails2014BearLogoDon’t miss this evening full of entertainment and help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary 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, silent auction and animal encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board’s fifth annual event. Early Bird tickets will go on sale March 2! Be sure to purchase your tickets before prices increase March 31.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, coming soon to the Birmingham Zoo.

New this year, meet International Animal Expert and TV Personality Jack Hanna!

What: Tails in the Trails 2015
When: April 24, 6:30-10:30PM
Where: Junior League of Birmingham- Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo

Early bird tickets, $15 through March 31
$20 April 1- April 23
$25 at the door

Help the Birmingham Zoo Become a Winner in the Birdies for Charities Program!

Charity begins on the golf course at the Regions Tradition! You have the opportunity to make the Birmingham Zoo a big winner by participating in Birdies for Charities program. You also have a chance to win a great prize when you make a donation!

Please click here  to support the Zoo and donate today!

Help Build Our New Black Bear Exhibit By Donating Today

The Birmingham Zoo needs your help to support the new North American black bear exhibit, the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, coming soon. Please click here to donate.


Help the Birmingham Zoo by Using Amazon Smile


If you are an Amazon shopper please consider registering with “amazonsmile.”  By choosing the Birmingham Zoo as your charity of choice, the Birmingham Zoo will receive 0.5% of your eligible purchases at no additional cost to you. The key is to start on smile.amazon.com!  Pass this on to your friends and fellow shoppers and thank you for supporting the Birmingham Zoo! Click here to start your shopping!

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 2013 Audited Financial Statements. (PDF)

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

Download Birmingham Zoo’s 2012 Annual Report. (PDF)

Download the Birmingham Zoo’s Fiscal Year 2013 990 (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.