The Birmingham Zoo is home to approximately 950 animals from many continents, including many endangered species nestled on 122 acres.
See our Daily Activities page for a dates and times for various activities.
9am to 5pm: Daily
Please note the below early closings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause:
Please note we are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Adults – $17*
Children 2 – 12 years old – $12*
Senior Citizens 65 years+ – $14*
Military (Active duty and Veteran – must show military ID)- $14*
College Student (Must show current and valid student ID)- $14*
Admission is half price every Tuesday.
Please Note: Half price special applies to individual admission only. It does not apply to group rates.
Members receive free admission every day!
Train Ride: $3.50*
Carousel Ride: $3.50*
Unlimited Ride Wristband, includes unlimited rides on train, carousel & slide (when open): $10*
Single Stroller: $9*
Double Stroller: $11*
Electric Scooter: $25*
Please note – kids scooters and roller blades are not allowed
From ostriches and flamingos to vultures and endangered white-naped cranes, more than 300 birds nest here. Feed vibrantly colored lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary.
Intelligent and majestic marine mammals, the Zoo’s sea lions show off their grace and brains during demonstrations. Stop by the pool for this entertaining program – but be wary of the splash zone. These animals could be Olympic divers!
Rhinos and hippos are tons of fun with a memory to match their size. Rub a real rhino horn or spot a not-so-skinny dipping hippopotamus.
The African Savanna is home to some of the wildest beasts around. The Zoo’s Savanna features lions, zebras, ostriches, and giraffes.
The Reptile Building is full of beautiful and deadly reptiles and amphibians. From the world’s largest lizard, the komodo dragon, to colorful boas and a massive python, these reptiles are sure to excite every Zoo guest!
In the wild, animals are either the hunter or the hunted. In the Predator building, catch a fishing cat and pounce on a Pallas cat. These kitties prefer fresh meat to catnip any day!
From Sumatran orangutans to tiny tamarins, primates have lots of personality. Listen for the distinct call of gibbons and look for lemurs, primates found only on the island of Madagascar.
The Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo is the place to be for the young and young at heart. See the Cahaba River’s fishes at the Stream, ride the carousel and brush the sheep in the barn.
Hike through Alabama Wilds. See native Alabama animals like chickens, North American river otters and more. Feel the cool breeze as you zip through the treetops during an exciting aerial journey on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure. Soar to extraordinary heights reaching 20 feet above ground level!
Our goal: Capture images of wildlife at the Zoo, along with recording activities and interactions of visitors during their Zoo experiences to share with others. Your images could be used for promotional and educational purposes, web pages, newsletters and the like. We thank you for providing us with these images and we will give photo credit when name is provided.
The Birmingham Zoo is a facility that uses nuts and nut products for animal diet purposes. Traces of nuts or nut products may be found in areas where animal feedings are conducted and areas where Programs and Educational animal demonstrations are performed. The safety of our guests remains a top priority and the Zoo takes precautions to provide a safe environment.