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 GOODNIGHT SLEEP TIGHT! Meet the vibrant green Emerald tree boa, a tree-dwelling nonvenomous snake whose lush color and compact coils help it hide and camouflage among the foliage of the South American rainforest. Their powerful yet agile body gives this constrictor a firm grip as it climbs from branch to branch. In fact, this snake is so secure in the trees that it rarely descends to the ground; merely sitting and waiting patiently for prey. .  FUN FACTS: Emerald tree boas have the longest teeth of any nonvenomous snake in the world. The pupils of their eyes are vertical, assisting in seeing movement. Notice the small holes along the boa's upper lip? They are heat-sensitive pits that help the animal find its warm-blooded prey! For more facts, visit our friends at @stlzoo and @centralflzoo . . #EmeraldTreeBoa #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Barry @bcaptivated
   TEAM TUESDAY: Today we are highlighting our Elephant team! Learn what goes on behind-the-scenes as staff share their unique stories in caring for our animals! .  Elephants provide a unique and rewarding challenge when it comes to their training and daily care, due to their high intelligence, large size, and personalities to match. It is important that the animal care team creates a positive environment in which the elephants cooperate voluntarily with the animal care team and act as advocates for their own well-being. Our Animal Care Professionals always maintain a barrier between themselves and the elephants. The elephants can choose to participate in or leave a training session at any time. . Certain sections of the physical barriers are specially designed so the elephant can provide a requested body part on the people side of the barrier – for example, a small window through which the elephant can present his ear. This provides our team and veterinary staff better access to those areas of the body to provide the best possible care for the elephants. Blood draws from the ear, radiographs of the feet, and tusk care are just a few examples of routine procedures that the elephants take part in. . Because these behaviors are voluntary and built through trust, the stresses of these procedures are greatly reduced for the elephants. Training these incredible animals is not only important for their health management but also to stimulate and challenge their minds. In addition to medical related training, we also do exercise routines to keep them in good physical health and “fun” behaviors to stimulate their brains as much as their bodies. .  Your Birmingham Zoo cares deeply for our big gray residents and we give them the best possible care by utilizing the elephants’ choices, a relationship of trust, and a dedicated team of Animal Care Professionals! . ✏️ Adam B., Zoological Manager of Elephants #AfricanElephant #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
 WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH BIRDS: The Birmingham Zoo is asking for help from the community in finding two (2) white-crested laughingthrush birds that went missing from their habitat overnight, on Thursday, September 12. . Both birds were discovered missing early morning on Friday, September 13, while Animal Care Professionals were conducting their routine animal wellness checks and feedings. Zoo staff implemented standard operating and safety procedures to ensure that other animals were safe and quickly secured the area. A full inspection of the white-crested laughingthrush habitat revealed the enclosure mesh had been cut, with a large portion removed. . The exact time of the incident has yet to be determined. The Birmingham Zoo utilizes a variety of security measures to ensure the safety and welfare of the animals at the Zoo. . The Birmingham Zoo’s perimeter fence is intact and no other areas of the Zoo or animal habitats were compromised. The disappearance of the white-crested laughingthrush pair remains a singular incident and it was the only animal habitat vandalized. It is not known if the birds were taken or flew off once their habitat containment was compromised. . The white-crested laughingthrush pair consists of a 16-year-old male, hatched in St. Louis and with Birmingham Zoo since October 2004; and a 14-year-old female, hatched in Atlanta and at the Birmingham Zoo since March 2006. “The Birmingham Zoo’s primary focus is on the welfare of our two white-crested laughingthrush. As we continue the search, we are asking for help from folks in our community for the safe return of these birds. Please contact the Zoo if you see the birds or have any information that will lead to their recovery,” says Chris Pfefferkorn, President and CEO of the Birmingham Zoo. . Zoo administrators have filed a police report and are fully cooperating with Birmingham Police and authorities to help in this ongoing investigation. . The Zoo is asking the surrounding community to be on the lookout for the birds. If you see the missing birds or have any information on their whereabouts, please call the Zoo at 205.879.0409 so that Zoo Animal Care Professionals can respond. #BhamZoo
  FOR OUR MEMBERS! Zoo Members are invited to join us for FREE ice cream sundaes* provided by Mayfield Creamery on Sunday, September 22 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Hang out on the Henley Park event lawn and enjoy this “thank you” from us for supporting the Zoo. *While supplies last. .  Interested in becoming a Zoo Member? Visit . @mayfieldscoop #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
 🤗 MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR ZOO FAMILY! Born on August 12, we are thrilled to welcome a male Red-fanked Duiker calf, named Muscadine! Weighing approximately 1.1kg (2.4 lbs) after his first check-up on August 14, he has been doing wonderful ever since! . Little Muscadine and his mom Beatrice are currently living behind the scenes in Kori Kountry, located in the Bird area of the Zoo; but you can still visit his dad Ricky Bobby at their habitat. .  For everyone who has been keeping up with our Red-flanked duikers, you will be delighted to know that Muscadine is the little brother to Cranberry, our young female born last December! You can visit Cranberry at her habitat in Trails of Africa. . #RedFlankedDuiker #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Meredith H. & Kristen E., Animal Care Professionals in Birds
  YOUR ZOO had the best day ever! We received a significant achievement award for our ZooSchool education program during the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual conference in New Orleans! Thank you @zoos_aquariums for the recognition, we are thrilled at such an honor! .  ABOUT ZOOSCHOOL: Spire ZooSchool is made possible by our wonderful sponsor, Spire Energy, as a weeklong environmental education experience offered here at your Birmingham Zoo! Spire ZooSchool provides each participating student a “passion for the natural world” through innovative learning experiences shaped by critical thinking skills and hands-on activities, as well as real world applications in an environment outside of the standard classroom. The curriculum follows the Alabama State Department of Education’s Course of Study standards in the core areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Science. . Each year 700 7th graders from Birmingham City Schools attend Spire date, Spire ZooSchool has served over 2,000 students! The program strives to ensure that each student leaves with a greater appreciation for the environment; both globally and locally! . @spireenergy @bhmcityschools @woodfinforbham @cityofbirmingham @alabamadeptofed #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  SMALL BUT MIGHTY: Sand Cats, like Abbey here, are solitary animals and spend most of the year on their own until mating season. They make use of a loud call, much like the barking of a small dog, to attract a mate. The loud barking, combined with excellent hearing, enables these cats to find each other over great distances. Sand cats other vocalizations include meowing, growling, hissing, screaming and purring much as in domestic cats! .  MORE FUN FACTS: Sand cats are champions of the harsh desert environment, these small felines are the only cat that live primarily in the desert and have superbly adapted to hot, arid conditions. They can run fast on shifting sand at speeds up to 25 mph! . Weighing in at 8 pounds or less, these wild cats might look like domestic cats, but they're fierce little predators who can detect prey underground. They're fearless hunters, preying on venomous vipers and other snakes! In addition, Sand cats can go for long periods of time without drinking water, surviving on the moisture provided by its prey. .  Make sure you visit Abbey at her habitat in the Predator building, during your next trip to the Zoo! She just might hiss...well, "say hello" to you!  . . #SandCat #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Aud @audsmiffhenders
  Good morning everyone! Follow the herd down to the Zoo for Sunday fun in the sun! .  We especially want to see our beloved First Responders here for the last day of First Responder Discount Days! Enjoy discounted admission of $8 including up to four (4) guests at $8 each. **First Responders must show valid ID or badge to receive discounted admission. See you at the Zoo! . . #AfricanElephant #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Gianna @giannaszoodiary