Birmingham Zoo
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Behind-the-Scenes Encounters

NEW at the Birmingham Zoo!

Behind-the-Scenes Encounters

Get wildly connected with the Birmingham Zoo! With new Behind-the-Scenes Encounters, you can kiss a sea lion, feed a komodo dragon and brush a rhino all while learning from the Zoo’s expert animal care professionals. Encounters include a tour of behind-the-scenes animal areas, time to ask the experts any questions you have, and more. These experiences can only be had at the Birmingham Zoo and will build memories that last a lifetime!

 


California Sea Lion Encounter:
Fridays, 11:00 am

Get up close and personal with Gio or Farley, one of the Birmingham Zoo’s California sea lions. Go behind the scenes at the sea lion pool for a personal training session, see the inner workings of the habitat, and learn about the care our Animal Care Professionals give our marine mammals.

  • Members – $50 per person
  • Non Members – $65 per person

REGISTER HERE

 


White Rhinoceros Encounter:
Saturdays, 1:00 pm

Discover how large a white rhinoceros really is as you stand face to face with Laptop, Ajabu, or Max. Go behind the scenes in the pachyderm building to hear from an Animal Care Professional about the work that goes into caring for our resident rhinos.

  • Members – $50 per person
  • Non Members – $65 per person

REGISTER HERE

 


Komodo Dragon Encounter:
Sunday, 1:30 pm

Begin your Encounter at the Animal Nutrition Center to see where our animal diets are stored, prepped and sent out each day. Go behind the scenes in the Reptile Building and learn from an Animal Care Professional about how the Zoo cares for our resident animals. Discover how powerful a Komodo dragon really is as you help in a training or feeding for the Birmingham Zoo’s Komodo dragon, Mat.

  • Members – $50 per person
  • Non Members – $65 per person

REGISTER HERE

 


Registration Information:

  • All encounters are intimate experiences for groups of 6 or fewer.
  • Zoo admission is not included in your Behind-the-Scenes Animal Encounter registration.
  • Children ages 5 and up are welcome for all Encounters, 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Tickets may be purchased on-site up to an hour prior to the Experience (10am Fridays, 12:30pm Saturday and Sunday).
  • Any program involving our resident animals is subject to change or cancellation based on the animal’s needs. However, every effort will be made to offer alternate areas or reschedule experiences.
  • All Behind-the-Scenes Encounters require entering working areas of the Zoo that may not be wheelchair-accessible. Please let us know of any sensory or accessibility needs that need to be accommodated by calling the Education Department at 205-397-3877 or email education@birminghamzoo.com.

Click here to register for a Behind-the-Scenes Encounter at the Birmingham Zoo!