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!