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“A good time on a gloomy day...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
205-879-0409
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Ranked #16 of 94 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.
Knoxville
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“A good time on a gloomy day...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2008

My wife and I took a trip to Birmingham because we've been on a zoo kick of late and we wanted to see what this zoo was like. It was also the only place withng a 4 hr drive that wasn't getting rain in biblical proportions, but that's neither here nor there. In a word...
great. We were very happy we went, even though the day was a bit gloomy. The zoo isn't large, but has many open displays where you can get up close with the animals. The lorikeets were fun and I was used as a roosting perch for a bit. Some of the exhibits are smaller than you'd expect, but their well designed and the animals seem to be happy. The cats, especially tigers, were very active and seemed as interested in us as we were in them. The alligator exhibit was really great, even though only one gator was there. It looked like a miniature swamp with a deck overlooking it while most alligator exhibits in zoos are just large aquariums. Lots of birds and great cats, plus some giraffes that seemed to like posing for us made our trip alot of fun. We've been to a couple of better zoos, but this zoo...especially for its size, was really worth the trip. I'd advise anyone travelling to the Birmingham area to take a gander.

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“Great Day Away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

Okay folks this is Birmingham, not Atlanta, New York or San Diego. I think this zoo is a nice asset to the area. The zoo has an animal petting area for children. The zoo is logically laid out with easy to follow paths. All ages will find something nice. Link to the website for further information. DEH

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“Birds and Buffalo The Best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2007

I enjoyed the various bird exhibits the best. The flamingoes were beautiful and made alot of noise. Parrots by the entrance just lovely. The African cranes were very graceful. The toucan hopped around his enclosure. Also enjoyed the bison. Some excitement happened here. The bison got wild and two of them charged at each other. They made alot of noise. Also saw elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, cheetas, and wolves. My only complaint is that they had the lorikeet feeding exhibit closed. Otherwise, I would've given them a higher rating. Zoo is easy to navigate and affordable. There is a children's zoo and sea lion show for the kids. I visited the zoo in April 2007.

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“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2006

I like to see animals in a large natural habitat setting instead of cages or small spaces. The building where the bats were kept stunk. We took the train ride, which cost extra, and would not do that again as there was nothing to see on the ride. There were six of us who went to the zoo ranging in age from 4, to 31, to 60, and none of us would go back.

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“SO MUCH FUN!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2005

The Birmingham Zoo has much improved over the past several years. The new exhibit "Alabama Wild" is so much fun! Petting zoo, barn animals, animals native to Alabama- We also love the Lorakeet exhibit. You can feed the Lorakeets nectar... yes they land all over you! Definitely worth an afternoon while in the Magic City!

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