The Birmingham Zoo is proud to offer our newest resource, the Visually Inclusive Program or V.I.P. This program is designed to provide educational materials for guests who are blind or have low vision in order to enhance their experience throughout the Zoo.
The V.I.P bag can be checked out with a held photo ID at the Membership Office for no charge, and includes objects to touch, hear, and smell correlating to habitats throughout the Zoo. An educational guide explaining these items is available in written text, with a Braille version coming soon! For more information, or to reserve the V.I.PBag in advance, please email the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the V.I.P. Bag, there are several tactile resources to enhance your experience. Below is a list of tactile exhibits located throughout the Zoo:
Trails of Africa
Elephant statue at Safari Peak
Baby giraffe statue at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
Life-sized cinereous vulture cutout at Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter
Primates/South America Building
Cast of jaguar paw print at jaguar habitat
Life-sized orangutan statue and cutout at orangutan habitat
Life-sized Komodo Dragon statue
Tree trunk featuring bear markings and bear paw prints at bear habitat
Life-sized golden eagle cutout at golden eagle habitat
All service animals must check in through our Guest Services office before being admitted on Zoo grounds.During your visit, please be sensitive to the Zoo animals. If they seem distressed by your service animal’s presence, please step back from the habitat to help the Zoo animal to calm down.
For the health and safety of the Zoo animals, personal pets are not permitted. The Zoo does not offer pet boarding facilities.
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