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   TEAM TUESDAY: Today we are highlighting our Veterinary Care team! Animal wellness is a combination of an individual’s physical and emotional health, and the Birmingham Zoo Veterinary and Animal Care teams work cooperatively to maximize both. With such a wide variety of species, this takes a lot of knowledge from all of the staff involved in an animal’s care. . A key component to an animal’s physical health is our veterinarians, both of whom have undergone advanced training in zoo animal medicine to provide veterinary care for the many different species living at the Zoo. Zoo animal medicine is ever advancing, just as human medicine is. Our Zoo veterinarians must keep up with new research and are constantly improving things such as anesthesia protocols, which help an animal safely sleep through a check-up, and medical treatments. We utilize a lot of the same tools as are used in human medicine, including ultrasound, endoscopy, and cold laser therapy! . Our Animal Care and Veterinary teams also rely on fabulous support from our local medical community to help us with certain cases. We have a number of both veterinarians and human physicians with whom we consult, including ophthalmologists,cardiologists, dentists, surgeons, pediatricians and more! We are very fortunate to have such a supportive network of dedicated professionals who are always willing to help and share the same goal of giving each animal the best life possible! . . #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  BRUNCH WITH THE BACHELORS: Join the Birmingham Zoo on Sunday, March 15 starting at 10:00am for a new and one of a kind experience with our African elephant bachelor herd! Our pachyderm party is a premier event with your favorite bachelors: Bulwagi, Luti and Gadze, plus an intimate group of their biggest admirers. Enjoy dining al fresco at the Boma Yard while the elephants roam close by! A full breakfast menu will be served buffet-style with a Mimosa and Bloody Mary cash bar. . 🥞 After breakfast, guests will be treated to a special elephant interaction will our Animal Care Professionals. Learn what makes each of our bachelors unique and how your Zoo cares for these magnificent animals. Last but not least, guests to this extraordinary event will receive a commemorative gift and admission to the Zoo for the day! VISIT THE LINK IN OUR BIO TO PURCHASE TICKETS! . @bhamnow #AfricanElephant #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  SUN'S OUT TRUNKS UP: The sun is peeking out of the clouds, here at the Zoo and our male African elephants are enjoying it too! Did you know that elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool? Elephants are also fond of water and seem to enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Here at your Zoo, our boys have two large ponds to splash around, play and spray! . . #AfricanElephant #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Joshua @bowtizbee
  EASTERN INDIGO SNAKES: Today is a great day for our conservation partners at the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (ALWFF) and for Eastern indigo snakes! Currently listed as federally threatened, for the first time in 60 years a wild Eastern indigo snake hatchling has been documented in our great state of Alabama in the Conecuh National Forest! .  Your Zoo is a proud partner of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division to conserve local species. You may be surprised to know that Alabama has one of the highest diversity of species in the United States, ranking as one of the top five states in total biodiversity! Birmingham Zoo staff has worked alongside the dedicated ALWFF staff on conservation projects that celebrate and conserve the rich diversity of Alabama species, including gopher tortoises and indigo snakes! .  Read about this extraordinary news here >>www.outdooralabama.com . @alabama_wildlife_and_fisheries #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Francesca Erickson for @outdooralabamaofficial
 🦉 GROUNDHOG DAY AT THE ZOO! Join us for Winter Wake-Up: A Hibernation Celebration on Groundhog Day next Sunday, February 2 from 9:00am until 2:00pm! . Due to the Zoo’s resident groundhog Birmingham Bill going through hibernation, one of the Zoo' Ambassador owls will be predicting this year's weather outcome! Guests will be treated to the first Wildlife Show of the year featuring some of your favorite Ambassador animals at the Zoo’s UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Wildlife Stage. Learn about Groundhog Day traditions from all over the world and find out if we’ll have six more weeks of winter! .  Guests can also interact with various Education Stations and listen to Keeper Chats throughout the Zoo to learn about the different animals that hibernate! Our weather prediction will start at 10:00am and Keeper Chats will be held until 2:00pm. . *Winter Wake-Up is a rain or shine event and festivities are included with the purchase of Zoo admission for the day. . . #EasternScreechOwl #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Dewitt @trypod.photography
 🦒 GET UP-CLOSE to our giraffes Willow, Zuri, and Jalil EVERY SUNDAY at 1:15pm for a special Behind-The-Scenes Encounter! . Join us for a unique look at our resident Reticulated giraffe herd! Guests will have the chance to visit the giraffe barn, chat with and learn from our Animal Care Professionals. .  BOOK NOW AT birminghamzoo.com > visitor info > behind the scenes encounters . #Giraffe #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Amy T., Zoological Manager of Trails of Africa
 🦛 BRIGHT SUN BRIGHT SMILE: The sun is shining bright here at the Zoo and Tadpole our male hippo seems to be enjoying every ray of it! . 🦷 FUN FACTS: Did you know that a hippopotamus has large canine and incisor teeth that grow continuously, reaching up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) in length? That's over a foot! Hippo males especially use their impressive canines for fighting and to ward off enemies, accompanied by loud roaring and grunting. . . #NileHippopotamus #Hippo #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Amy T., Zoological Manager of Trails of Africa
  MLK DAY AT THE ZOO: We are open today, and in the spirit of service, the Zoo is hosting a Food Drive with Half Price Admission! . 🥫 In partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable or canned food item* and will receive half-price admission* to the Zoo. While you’re here, watch a sea lion demonstration, take a ride on the Red Diamond Express train, the Protective Life Carousel and much more! . *Limit one ticket per guest. Cannot be combined with other offers. . . @feedingal #MLKDay #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo