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Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham
AL
35223
Tel: 205 879 0409

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Love a day out at the zoo? Then you should head to Birmingham Zoo, because there is certainly enough to see and explore that will fill and entire day (and there are lots of cute animals too!)

Birmingham Zoo is set on a huge 122 acres of land, which over 950 animals call home. That's a lot of animals to go and say hi to (we told you it would be a full day out!). These animals are made up of over 120 different species, so it's a great experience for kids to learn all about the animals that we have on this planet. A lot they might not have ever heard of before!

You can see animals from the great plains of Africa - like the lions, rhinos, and elephants. You can see tigers from Asia, and sea lions from well - closer to home! There are even creatures from the far reaches of the globe, like Antarctica! (It's a lot colder there than in Birmingham!)

The great thing about Birmingham Zoo is that the animals are cared for. It's hard trying to keep all the animals in an environment they would be familiar with in their own homes, but they have dedicated staff who look after all of the natural habitats, to make sure they are as close to the real thing as possible. 

It's fascinating for the kids to learn all about how they might place food inside "puzzles" for animals to keep them "scavenging", as well as including unusual scents in their area. If you don't know why they do that, then best visit Birmingham Zoo to find out! 

Make sure you allow time to visit the Trails of Africa exhibit, because it is an eye opening experience for kids as it allows them to learn all about the conservation for threatened elephants across the African continent.

Don't forget those cameras, because there are a lot of memories to be had at Birmingham Zoo!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15 plus tax
  • Children$10 plus tax (ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

With home school academies, school break camps, field trips and zookeeper for a day experiences, there is lots of be learn at Birmingham Zoo! .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you check any events that are happening when you first arrive, so you can plan your day around them! .

Doing our bit

The zoo wants to inspire and protect the world through conservation and education. And they do a great job! .

Need a little extra help?

If you need wheelchair access, just give them a call to see what they can offer! .

More information

The zoo has certain dates across the year that is is closed, and some changes in closing times, so check the schedule before you go.

What people are saying?

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    Disappointed to say the least! Not many animals to see and most look sad and look unhealthy. They also have poor habitats that are dirty and most of the glass is very dirty. Some of the staff is very rude. One woman said "get out of here! We are closed". When we were walking towards the exit. I will not be coming back anytime soon.

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    Guess it doesnt take much knowledge to work at a zoo aye? After they said ball pythons dont make good pet i lost all respect for them. Saying stuck shed it a problem when it can be easily treated by toddlers. And that there arent any african soft furred rats in alabama. There are thousands. You can buy them in many places. Dont broadcast your ignorance to the whole state douche bags.

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    Over the summer, I went here with my church for a little trip, and my freind said that she got pink eye from the water park there. And the bathroom there is very messy. Lastly, the animals their look misaeable and sad. I love animals and I hate to see them that way.

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    Great Zoo! Clean... Awesome ANimals. Awesome people.. But don't fall into the Camel Trap. Just because it says "Camel ride" doesn't mean it really is. It's more a get on the Camel and take your picture type thing. He walked my son around a tree twice and brought him back for $5.50. Took about 2 minutes... Other Parents complained as well... So skip the camel ride.

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    I went there yesterday it was awesome

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