Teachers can count on the Birmingham Zoo for high quality programming, staff development and useful classroom resources. We can help you integrate conservation and life science into your curriculum. Let us be your resource to help prepare the future generation.
The Birmingham Zoo has a library unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Need to check out a cheetah? Want to borrow a bobcat? Lease a leopard? We’ve got you covered. Our library of biofacts – skulls, study skins, eggs, antlers and more – are available to you at any time. Please take a look at our online catalogs below to see if we can help you inspire passion for the natural world in your students.
Items may be checked out for a 2 week period free of charge. Check out and return hours are 9am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday. A valid driver’s license and credit card will be kept on file for the check-out period.
Teachers please note: We are happy to support student inquiries into animals, animal care, conservation and other related topics to the best of our availability. Please be aware when making assignments that involve contacting the Zoo that our staff is unable to respond in person or by telephone to interview requests. Students may send 3-5 questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large number of requests, we aim but cannot guarantee to answer inquiries within 10 business days. We are also unable to accommodate job shadowing requests but you may refer students to our ZooKeeper for a Day program.