Birmingham Zoo is a 122-acre site located at 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, Alabama 35223, United States. It is one of Alabama’s most popular sites that is on a continuous developing adventure. Visitors, kids and adults, come from different places to see various animals like rhinos, bears, elephants, red pandas, lions, giraffes, zebras, a jaguar, orangutans, sea lions, and hippo. There are about 550 species of 180 different animals. This also includes endangered animals from different continents.
The zoo highlights animals from distinctive parts of the world, as well as their extensive animal care and conservation efforts. Mona who arrived in 1955 is the first elephant to be in the care of Birmingham Zoo. It’s the same year Birmingham Zoo opened, which is previously known as The Jimmy Morgan Zoo.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce was the first to offer post-war support for a new zoo. Elton B. Stephens was chair of a Jaycee committee that supported the creation of a new vicinity. The Birmingham Zoological Society was formed to raise money to aid in the Zoo’s continuing needs and growth.
The Birmingham Zoo is a nonprofit organization that is approved by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The only AZA-accredited zoo in Alabama, as well as the state’s lowest-paying zoo. The Birmingham Zoo is involved in maintaining Species Survival Plans ® (SSPs) with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Zoos around the world. SSP is a collaborative conservation and breeding program for specific animals. Below are a few animals under the care of Birmingham Zoo:
West African Crowned Crane
Lady Ross’s Turaco
Beautiful Fruit Dove
White-Crested Laughing Thrush
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
African Pygmy Goose
Prehensile Tailed Skink
Mexican Beaded Lizard
Chinese Three-Striped Box Turtle
North American River Otter
Giant River Otter
African Crested Porcupine
Red River Hog
Black-handed Spider Monkey
Dusky Gopher Frog
As of November 2021, below is the Birmingham Zoo schedule:
Open: Wednesday – Sunday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Entry stops 30 minutes before closing
Holidays must be observed as the timings may change.
Tickets for general admission and members must be secured prior to entering the zoo.
The Main Zoo:
Camel Rides (Spring and Summer only)
Lorikeet Interactive Feeding and Observation Aviary (only open Spring and Summer)
Predator Building (soon-to-be Asian Passage)