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:

Kori Bustard

Red-Crested Cardinal

West African Crowned Crane

Secretary Bird

Roseate Spoonbill

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Lady Ross’s Turaco

Beautiful Fruit Dove

Emerald Starling

Violet-Backed Starli


White-Crested Laughing Thrush

Red-Billed Leiothrix

Nicobar Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Greater Roadrunner

Blue-Crowned Motmot

Green Woodhoopoe

Tawny Frogmouth

African Pygmy Goose

Red-Billed Hornbill

Spotted Dikkop

Masked Lapwing

Double-Wattled Cassowary

Snowy-Headed Robin-Chat

Egyptian Tortoise

Radiated Tortoise

Prehensile Tailed Skink

Caiman Lizard

Mexican Beaded Lizard

Chinese Three-Striped Box Turtle

Fishing Cat


Squirrel Monkey

DeBrazza’s Monkey

Reticulated Giraffe


North American River Otter

Giant River Otter

Red-flanked Duiker

African Crested Porcupine

Red River Hog

Fennec Fox

Dwarf Mongoose

Sumatran Orangutan

Black-handed Spider Monkey

Cotton-top Tamarin

Ringtail Lemur

African Lion

Pallas’s Cat

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:

Tortoise Yard

Wildlife Stage

Bird Aviaries

Camel Rides (Spring and Summer only)

Flamingo Lagoon

Alligator Swamp

Lorikeet Interactive Feeding and Observation Aviary (only open Spring and Summer)

Predator Building (soon-to-be Asian Passage)

Reptile Building

Sea Lions

Primate Building (South America)

Vulcan Park and Museum
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