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 ☀️ The sun is shining like gold here at the Zoo, so it's fitting that we introduce you to our Taveta Golden Weaver bird. This small songbird species is named in part for males’ bright gold feathers; females have a yellow-green plumage, but not as vibrant as the males. .  Taveta Golden Weavers can be found in eastern Africa, from Kenya through Tanzania. But you can meet our four males at their habitat in the South America/Primates building, nextdoor to the orangutan habitat. .  FUN FACTS: The male Taveta Golden Weaver uses his beak to weave intricate ovoid nests, usually over water. Females pick a mate based on the male's skill at weaving! . #TavetaGoldenWeaver #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Brandon @photosbyfarmer
  HELP MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE! The New Year will be here before you know it, and everyone at the Birmingham Zoo is busy making plans for 2020! Some of those plans involve wonderful and innovative programs that our Zoo Members and guests will treasure. Other plans involve important work to protect animals in the wild, while educating and inspiring school children throughout Alabama. Our Zoo programs really do change the lives of people in our Birmingham community, especially young people...many who have visited the Zoo for the first time. .  When you make a donation, you inspire so many of our neighbors. You ignite a passion for the natural world and you support a vital and beloved community resource. Please take a moment to give a tax-deductible gift today at birminghamzoo.com>get involved > donate . 🤗 Thank you for helping your Zoo continue to grow and flourish! . #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  TODAY WE CELEBRATE the second annual International Day of Zoo and Aquarium Educators! Your Zoo has a top notch group of educators who are dedicated, talented, and work hard for our Zoo, our guests, and for you! . Birmingham Zoo Educators strive daily to ensure that our guests and our community are instilled with a passion to conserve the natural world. Our Education team are on the front lines teaching about conservation, touting the importance of zoos, and spotlighting the role your Zoo has as an institution of science! .  Join us in thanking our Zoo Educators for the extraordinary work they do on grounds, throughout the community, and globally to inspire passion to conserve the natural world! . #InternationalDayofZooandAquariumEducators #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
  TANZANIA, THE ZOO & YOU! Explore and experience the natural wonders of Tanzania on a great migration safari with your Birmingham Zoo! . That's right!!! Your Zoo is hosting a trip of a lifetime with an extraordinary expedition to Tanzania, from June 11 through June 23, 2020! We have only a few spots left on this unforgettable African safari with Birmingham Zoo’s President & CEO, Chris Pfefferkorn. Discover some of the most stunning wilderness and ecosystems in the world exclusively with us! Your trip to Tanzania with the Birmingham Zoo, is the ideal journey for a traveler in search of a more private, exclusive experience! .  BOOK YOUR TRAVEL NOW! For more info and to reserve your spot, visit our website a birmingamzoo.com > travel to Tanzania 2020 . #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
 🦒 NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES ENCOUNTER! Join us on Sundays at 1:15pm for a unique look at our resident Reticulated giraffe herd! Guests will have the chance to visit the giraffe barn, chat with our ACPs, and get up-close to our giraffes Willow, Zuri, and Jalil! .  BOOK NOW AT birminghamzoo.com > visitor info > behind the scenes encounters . #Giraffe #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo
 🇺🇸 HAPPY VETERANS DAY! Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who have served to protect our country and our freedom. We celebrate their courage, pride, determination, selflessness, and dedication to integrity and to duty. On behalf of the Birmingham Zoo staff, volunteers, and board of directors, we say thank you to our veteran military heroes for your great service to our nation! . . #VeteransDay #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Bridget @impulse4adventure
  PEEKABOO: We're convinced Bataar, our male Pallas cat, is starting to enjoy popping out of this stump and surprising us... .  FUN FACTS: Pallas’s cat moves slowly but purposefully, concealing itself within its environment, blending into the background, and sheltering in rock crevices or small caves. . #PallasCat #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo  Scott K., Animal Care Professional in Predator
 🇺🇲 VETERANS DAY WEEKEND AT THE ZOO is almost here! In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive FREE admission to the Birmingham Zoo (with valid ID) on Saturday, November 9 until Monday, November 11! .  Guests can take a ride on the Red Diamond Express train*, spin on the Protective Life carousel*, experience the Predator Zone Lion Training and so much more. Bring your proof of military service (military ID card, dependent ID card, or driver’s license with veteran’s designation) to take part in all the fun the Zoo has to offer. *Rides are an additional cost. .  MILITARY MEMBERSHIPS: Your Zoo offers Military service members: active, retired, and their dependents a discount on Birmingham Zoo Memberships! Stop by our Membership Office for pricing, more information, and to purchase or renew your Military Family Membership! . #BhamZoo #BirminghamZoo