The Birmingham Zoo is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors and Board Officers for 2013. The Board is composed of nineteen professionals in the Birmingham area who share the Zoo’s belief in “Inspiring Passion for the Natural World.” The Board Officers are Jesse Vogtle, Jr., Chairman, Wally Nall, III, Vice Chairman, Jerry Kimbrough, Treasurer, Cissy Jackson, Secretary, and Robin Sparks Davis, Immediate Past Chairman. The Board of Directors are Minda Riley Campbell, Leigh Collier, Gaynell H. Hendricks, Anna B. James, Randall Jordan, Sandy Logan, David Loper, Raymond Perez, Laura Pitts, James Priester, Oliver L. Robinson, Jr., Dalton Smith, Steven R. Spencer, newly-elected Robert Aland, and Stacey Morales, the new Junior Board President. The Board is paving the way in providing insight and innovative ideas as the Zoo moves towards the future. “These individuals were elected because they each have a connection to the Birmingham Zoo and/or its resident animals. They all are committed not only to the Zoo’s continued success, but to ensuring that the Zoo continues to grow as one of Alabama’s must-see attractions. I am thankful for their willingness to serve and have no doubt they will work tirelessly to support the facility,” says Dr. William R. Foster, President and CEO of the Birmingham Zoo.
The Zoo’s new Junior Board has backgrounds ranging from banking and finance to photography and real estate, and they all share a passion for the Zoo and its continued success. The officers are Stacey Morales, President, Julie Herring, Vice President, Emily Jordan, Treasurer, Bryan Coleman, Secretary, and Joseph Welden, Immediate Past President. The members are Ambre Amari, Jay Anderson, Kris Anderson, Stephen Armstrong, Shawn Arnold, Ellen Blalock, Leslie Crawford, Austin Davis, Katharine Davis, Lauren DeMoss, Erin Donohoo, Joey DuMontier, Becca Green, Amy Hood, Bobbi Jones, Madison Merrill, Laura Montgomery, Javan Patton, Lauren Northcutt Thomason and Blakely Taylor.
The Birmingham Zoo is the only institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in the state of Alabama. The Zoo is home to approximately 800 animals of 200 species, including African elephants, giraffes, orangutans and endangered species from six continents. The Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children ages two to twelve and senior citizens. Children under two and Birmingham Zoo members get in free. Memberships start at $40 with unlimited visits to the Zoo for one year.