The Birmingham Zoo recently received a coveted 4-star rating by America’s largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. According to Charity Navigator, receiving this 4-star rating indicates that an organization adheres to best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities, while consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Charity Navigator‟s President and CEO, Ken Berger, states, “Only 19% of the charities we rate have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Birmingham Zoo outperforms most other charities in America. This „exceptional‟ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Birmingham Zoo from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
In addition to this recognition, the Birmingham Zoo recently earned the Guidestar Exchange Silver participation level for providing accurate financial information. GuideStar Exchange is an organization which provides information to advance the clarity of charitable organizations. Birmingham Zoo Vice President of Development, Karen Carroll, states, “This is a testament of the commitment the Birmingham Zoo has for data transparency.”
Approximately 800 animals of 200 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. The Birmingham Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Regular admission is $14 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and children ages 2-12. All Birmingham Zoo Members and children under two-years-old receive free admission.