In the Zoo Support section:

Back by popular demand from children and adults alike!

The Adopt-An-Animal program directly benefits the animals, with all proceeds going toward the care of the animals at the Birmingham Zoo. You can help make a difference by supporting any animal for one year through the Adopt-An-Animal program. The animal you choose will remain at the Zoo, receiving proper care and enjoying the many visitors! As a Zoo Parent, you will have the pride of knowing your gift helps to care for the animal. For a list of animals included in the Zoo’s Adopt-An-Animal program, CLICK HERE.

To Adopt-An-Animal today, please click here.

Give the Gift of an Animal Adoption Today!

Animal adoptions make terrific gifts for your favorite animal lover and are perfect for many occasions: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and more.

To Adopt-An-Animal and give the gift that keeps on giving, please click here.

Adopt your Mascot from the Birmingham Zoo!


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We have exciting news for football fans! Whether you’re an Alabama fan, an Auburn fan or a house divided, you can support your team and the Birmingham Zoo by adopting an animal like Kumar the Malayan tiger and Ajani the African elephant today. Adoptions begin at only $25 and all proceeds directly benefit the animals at the Birmingham Zoo. Show your support and adopt your mascot or any of our other animals on the adoption list today. To Adopt-An-Animal today, please click here.

Adopt a Member of The Baby Bunch!

For a limited time, you can become the proud parent of a Birmingham Zoo Baby Bunch animal! Adopt one of our newest arrivals and help it receive the best possible care. For more information on The Baby Bunch, click here.

Adopt-An-Animal Levels

$25 AdoptionGo Green! Receive a printable adoption certificate, photo of animal and animal fact sheet via email. (All items will be emailed to the animal parent’s and/or gift giver’s email address provided. Email must be provided to receive packet at this level.)

$35 Adoption – Animal Supporter Packet includes a personalized adoption certificate and an animal fact sheet

$50 Adoption - Animal Advocate Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a 5×7 color photo of the animal

$100 Adoption - Animal Keeper Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a plush animal and subscription to Animal Tracks

$250 Adoption – Animal Ambassador Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a one-time use family of four pass to the Zoo with 4 train tickets

$500 Adoption - Animal Protector Packet includes all of the above plus a special tour with Keeper Staff

December Animal of the Month: the Hippopotamus


Become a Zoo parent and adopt Tadpole—the Zoo’s hippopotamus—today! The hippopotamus is a large barrel-shaped pachyderm. They have large heads with small ears and bulbous eyes, and their huge mouths contain tusk-like ivory canines and incisors. At birth, the average weight of a hippopotamus ranges from 50 to 100 pounds. As adults, males can weigh up to 7,000 pounds, while females rarely exceed 3,000 pounds. They live 20 to 40 years in the wild and approximately 50 years in captivity.

Did you know the hippopotamus’ eyes, ears and slit-like nostrils are positioned on the top of the head so that it has full use of its senses while the body and majority of the head are submerged in water? This causes their heart rates to slow from 90 beats per minute to 20 beats per minute, allowing the hippopotamus to remain totally submerged, without breathing, for more than 5 minutes.

Here at the Zoo, Tadpole (male) can be seen relaxing in a pool, next to the Boma Yard. Your gift of parenting the the hippopotamus (or any other Zoo animal) is more than a donation—it directly impacts the animals. All proceeds from the Adopt-An-Animal program benefit the operational support or the care of the animals at the Birmingham Zoo. Help make a difference in conservation and adopt the Zoo’s hippopotamus today!

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Adopt-An-Animal Guidelines:

  • In return for your support, you will receive the sponsorship package that accompanies that particular level.
  • All sponsorship animals are available to an unlimited amount of sponsors.
  • Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, your chosen animal may no longer be available for sponsorship.
  • All donations to the Adopt-An-Animal program support the Birmingham Zoo conservation work and are partially tax-deductible.

Click here to adopt an animal online now!

If you would prefer not to make a donation online, please print the Adopt-An-Animal form and mail it or bring it into the Zoo at your convenience.

Please note the processing time for the Adopt-An-Animal package is 10 to 14 days.

If you have questions or need assistance with your animal adoption, please call (205)397.3874