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Visitor Info

Daily Activities

Below are all of the regularly scheduled activities at the Zoo. If you’re looking for special events, head over to our Events page. If you’re looking for additional information about your visit, check out our Visitor Info page.

Regular Zoo Hours

9am to 5pm: Monday – Friday
9am to 7pm: Saturday – Sunday

*Please note the below early closings:

April 8: Children’s Zoo and Kudzoo Cafe will close at 3pm
April 8: Trails of Africa and Safari Cafe will close at 3pm
April 20: Children’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Gift Shop will close at 3pm
April 23: Children’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Gift Shop will close at 3pm
April 28: Children’s Zoo and Kudzoo Cafe will close at 4pm
April 29: Children’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Gift Shop will close at 4pm
May 4: Children’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Gift Shop will close at 3pm
May 5: Children’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Gift Shop will close at 4pm
May 13: Chidlren’s Zoo, Kudzoo Cafe and Giftshop will close at 3pm

Protective Life Carousel Rides

9am - 4:45pm — Every Day

Cost: $3.50

Take a spin on the Zoo’s animal-themed carousel. There are an array of animals to choose from – a giraffe, rhinoceros, gorilla, cheetah, frog, zebra and many more. Pick your favorite and enjoy the ride!

Red Diamond Express Train Ride

9am - 4:45pm — Every Day

Cost: $3.50

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Goat Walk

9:30am — Every Day

Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter & Feeding

9:30am - 11:30am — Every Day
1pm - 3pm — Every Day

Cost: $3 plus tax

Weather Permitting

Full Moon BBQ Wild Slide

10am - 4:45pm — Every Day

Cost: $3.50

Riders must be 4 years of age and 40 inches tall to ride

Red Diamond Sea Lion Show

10:00am — Every Day
2:00pm — Every Day

Children’s Zoo Contact Yard

10am - 12pm — Every Day

Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Feeding

10am - 4pm — Every Day

$1.65 per nectar cup

Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

10am - 4:30pm — Every Day

For details, click here.

Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show

11am — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Elephant Chat

11am — Every Day

Komodo Dragon Feeding

11am — Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Behind-the-Scenes with Programs

11am — Monday
3pm — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Predator Zone (Lion Training)

11:30am — Every Day
3:30pm — Every Day

This exciting experience puts you face-to-face with African lions. Watch how the keepers care for the lions during this narrated presentation. Predator Zone features a training area where zookeepers and visitors are on the same level as the animals. See behind-the-scenes training that the keepers conduct on a daily basis to care for the Zoo’s lions.