In the Zoo Support section:

Donation Opportunities

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. The Birmingham Zoo is also a proud Guidestar Exchange Silver Level Recipient. Approximately a quarter of the charities evaluated have received these high ratings, 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

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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, opening summer 2015. 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!  Pass this on to your friends and fellow shoppers and thank you for supporting the Birmingham Zoo! Click here to start your shopping!

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

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, please click here.

Contribute to the Endowment Fund

The Zoo’s Endowment Fund will ensure the preservation and growth of our Zoo for future years to come. Currently, 10% of all capital contributions go to our Endowment Fund, unless directed otherwise. If you are interested in making a gift to our Endowment Fund or leaving a lasting legacy for future generations, please contact the Development Office at 205.397.3856.

Planned Giving

The Zoo helps to create memories everyday. People also leave an impression or memory of his or her life with others. Donors make an impression on the community through gifts, volunteer work, membership and participation in special events.

Another means of making a lasting impression is through thoughtful estate planning. When you include the Birmingham Zoo, Inc., a 501 c (3) organization, in your estate plan you are leaving a lasting legacy to our community. An estate gift can provide needed funds to maintain existing operations, expand international species survival research, establish an education center, purchase animal provisions or build a playground.

For more information about Planned Giving, please click here.

Honorariums and Memorials

You can make a lasting tax-deductible gift to the Birmingham Zoo in memory or honor of a special person in several ways. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 205.397.3856.

Beautification Spot at the Zoo in Memory of Lua Martin

In Memoriam: Valeria Jackson and Jack Throp


The Adopt-An-Animal program benefits the animals directly with all proceeds going toward the care of the animals at the Birmingham Zoo. You can help by supporting an 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 more information and to adopt an animal, please click here.

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.

The Birmingham Zoo, Inc. Donor Policy

The Birmingham Zoo, Inc. recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of the individuals and organizations maintained in our database. Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confidence. Safeguards are in place to ensure that donor records are not disclosed or shared with outside parties. The Birmingham Zoo only collects identifying information for specific purposes relating to our initiatives and campaigns. We uphold high standards in maintaining data accuracy and ensuring the appropriate use of information.

The Birmingham Zoo’s Mission

“Inspiring Passion for the Natural World…through emphasizing Conservation, Education, Scientific Study and Recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo’s exhibits, programs, facilities and activities.”

The Birmingham Zoo’s Vision

“To be a leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the United States and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.”