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  MEMBER SUNDAES: Mrs. Alabama 2019, Liz Boger, is here for Member Sundaes in the Park! Meet our Ambassador Animals too, like Gilligan our young American alligator!  . . @mrsalabama2019_fithappens @mrsalabamaamerica #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  MEMBERS SUNDAES IN THE PARK is in full swing! Don't let the line scare you, we have plenty of Mayfield Creamery ice cream to go around for our Members! . . @may #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  TODAY FOR MEMBERS: Alright Zoo Members, today is the day to join us for FREE delicious ice cream sundaes in the park from 2p until 4pm! Red Diamond Coffee & Tea SweetRide will also be on-site offering FREE hot coffee and Fitz Cold Brew! . Hang out on Henley Park with Maggie the Mayfield Cow and meet our Ambassador Animals during walkabout greetings, all while enjoying this special "thank you" from us for supporting your Birmingham Zoo! *Sundaes are available while supplies last. .  Interested in becoming a Zoo Member? Visit www.birminghamzoo.com/get-involved/become-a-member/ . @mayfieldscoop @rdsweetride #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  GUESS WHO???...Hint: Female Red-flanked duiker, name starts with a C and ends with a Y...now you try! . . . #RedFlankedDuiker #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Jessie G., Lead Animal Care Professional - Animal Health Center
  FEED A FLAMINGO: Did you know that you can feed our flamingos for only 25 cents? That's right! Stop by the flamingo habitat during your next visit to the Zoo then purchase a handful of our flamingo feed and enjoy this special up-close encounter! .  FUN FACT: Your Birmingham Zoo will be renovating our current flamingo habitat to bring guests a more interactive and up-close experience with these beautiful birds! . . #Flamingo #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Shelby @shelbyylinn
 🥤FOR OUR MEMBERS! In addition to delicious sundaes in the park, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea SweetRide will be on-site offering FREE hot coffee and Fitz Cold Brew! We can't wait to see our beloved Members this Sunday at the Zoo! .  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 Henley Park with Maggie the Mayfield Cow and meet our Ambassador Animals during walkabout greetings, all while enjoying this special "thank you" from us for supporting your Birmingham Zoo! *Sundaes are available while supplies last. .  Interested in becoming a Zoo Member? Visit www.birminghamzoo.com/get-involved/become-a-member/ . . @rdsweetride @mayfieldscoop #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
 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