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Visitor Info

Daily Activities

Below are all of the regularly scheduled activities at the Zoo. If you’re looking for special events, head over to our Events page. If you’re looking for additional information about your visit, check out our Visitor Info page.

Regular Zoo Hours

9am to 5pm –  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9am to 7pm – Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Wild Slide – Enjoy Your Ride!

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)

Train Rides

9am - 5pm — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9am - 7pm — Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)
All aboard! Take a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Birmingham Zoo Express or the Red Diamond Express. You’ll learn about many of the Zoo’s animals and exhibits from the Zoo’s train conductor.

Carousel Rides

9am - 5pm — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9am - 7pm — Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)
Take a spin on the Zoo’s animal-themed carousel. There are an array of animals to choose from – a giraffe, rhinoceros, gorilla, cheetah, frog, zebra and many more. Pick your favorite and enjoy the ride!

Giraffe Feeding at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter

9:30am - 11:30am — Every Day
1pm - 3pm — Every Day

Cost: $3 (plus tax)
Come experience the thrill of hand-feeding the Zoo’s five giraffes – Jalil, Willow, Keyara Jane, Zuri Ann and Griffin. Be amazed as these gentle giants eat from the palm of your hand. The exhibit has a 4,000 square-foot deck that provides multiple access points for feeding and viewing the giraffes. This hands-on encounter is sure to create a memory that will last a lifetime. Learn all about these long-legged creatures from their keepers who know them best.

Granny’s Butterfly Garden

10am - 4pm — Every Day

Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary

10am - 4pm — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10am - 5pm — Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cup of Nectar: $1.50 (plus tax)
The Zoo’s Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Take a walk through the aviary to be surrounded by colorful lorikeets and enjoy the sound of bird calls all around you. You’ll have the opportunity to hand-feed these beautiful birds with nectar and check out their bright colors up-close. See if you can identify each of the different species of lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary.

Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show

10am — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
2pm — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This wet, wild and fun show features the Zoo’s two sea lions, Giovanni and Farley, who were rescued from the Bay Area in California. Sit back, relax and be entertained during this seated narrated presentation. Learn all about sea lions while watching them show off their moves by performing natural behaviors. This year, you’ll get an even closer look at this aquatic species and see Gio and Farley perform back flips, high jumps and a balancing act.

Camel Rides

10am - 4pm — Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10am - 6pm — Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $5 (plus tax)

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Fountains

10am - 4pm — Every Day

Foam Zone

10am - 4pm — Every Day

*Ride ticket required

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Goat Show

10:30am — Every Day

Mini Bird Tour

10:30am — Every Day

Boma Encounter

11am — Every Day

Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show

11am — Every Day

Predator Zone (Lion Training)

11:30am — Every Day
3:30pm — Every Day

This exciting experience puts you face-to-face with African lions. Watch how the keepers care for the lions during this narrated presentation. Predator Zone features a training area where zookeepers and visitors are on the same level as the animals. See behind-the-scenes training that the keepers conduct on a daily basis to care for the Zoo’s lions.

Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

12pm - 4:30pm — Monday
12pm - 6:30pm — Tuesday
11am - 4:30pm — Wednesday, Thursday
11am - 6:30pm — Friday
10am - 6:30pm — Saturday
12pm - 6:30pm — Sunday

Cost: $12 (plus tax) for Members
$15 (plus tax) for Non-Members

Visit the Soaring Safari Page for more information.

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Corral

1pm - 3pm — Every Day

Pelican Feeding

1:15pm — Every Day

A great way to see the Zoo’s American White Pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the Pelican Boardwalk. Learn interesting facts about these fascinating water birds while watching them open wide to catch fish being thrown by their keepers.

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Keeper Chat

1:30pm — Every Day

Up-Close Experience with Educational Animals

3pm — Every Day

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Husbandry Demo

3:30pm — Every Day

Red River Hog Keeper Chat

3:45pm — Tuesday, Saturday

Kori Bustard Feeding & Keeper Chat

3:45pm — Every Day