Wild creatures from around the world are living in Birmingham. Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hundreds of animals are waiting to make your acquaintance at the Birmingham Zoo. Check out all the inhabitants with a sneak peek at the zoo map.

The daily schedule is filled with fun things to do and see at the zoo. Keeper talks and trainings provide additional insight into the animals calling Birmingham home. Goat Walks occur each and every morning at 9:30 a.m. Sea Lion Training demonstrations educate about these quirky animals. Lion trainings take place on the weekends in the Predator Zone. Here guests can get up a close up view of these majestic beings.

When kids need a break from the animals and to expel some energy there’s plenty of options. Hop aboard the Red Diamond Express Train Ride. Chug along the property and take in the scenery. The Full Moon BBQ Slide was made for some slip, sliding fun. Go again and again until you can go no more. Rides on the Protective Life Carousel are inspiring. Find out how to help endangered animals after taking a turn on this merry-go-round.

Birds of a Feather Call Birmingham Home

At the Birmingham Zoo guests can delve deeper into the wilds with a Behind the Scenes encounter. There are several experiences to choose from. Bird watchers are in heaven during the Cassowary Encounter where they are introduced to Emil, a male cassowary. Found in New Guinea and Northern Australia these feathered friends are not so friendly having been declared the most dangerous birds in the world and one of the largest. California sea lions are less intimidating. In the Sea Lion Encounter Gio and Farley are centerstage. Participants learn all about their playful antics, habitats, and how to help restore their natural environments. All encounters are limited to half a dozen people to provide the best experience. Children as young as 5 may attend but those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Families living in Birmingham make the most of their adventures with memberships. Types of memberships vary but each and every level supports the Birmingham Zoo. Become a member and enjoy complimentary admission, special events, discounts and more. Get going to the zoo and go wild!