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“Horrible” 1 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 43 attractions in Birmingham
Type: Zoos
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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.
alabama
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“Horrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

This was possibly the saddest thing I have ever seen. My house cat has more space than the tiger and the lions... and I live in an apartment. Virtually every animal there is extremely cramped and seems sad. DO NOT GO TO THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO!!!!

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“If you have an ounce of love for animals....don't go!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2009

The stench when you arrive should be a warning, the price at the gate a complete turnoff. Have been to the Bronx zoo, have been to London Zoo and have been to the zoo in Nebraska and all I can say of the Birmingham zoo is, cruel. They actually have an entire exhibit entitled something like 'sociable creatures' and the irony is they are apparently in solitary confinement with one, maybe two of each species per (tiny) glass cage. If you leave this zoo feeling glad you went, then you obviously have little compassion for animals.

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“Cute but Bring Extra Cash”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2008

The Birmingham Zoo was cute, clean, had a pretty good assortment of animals to look at. The thing I feel I have to note is this...
There are lots of cool 'extras' to do, trains, camel rides, bird feeding, carousel, foam pit. They look like tons of fun. But they all cost extra. And not just a few dollars. I think the camel ride was like $8 (in addition to what I had paid for admission) It's a little irritating because there's not just a section of extra stuff but it's sprinkled all through the park and inevitably your kids will ask to do everything. But after paying quite a bit to get in, I didn't want to shell out extra cash every time we turned a corner!
I think that they offer season passes and I could see that being a good deal if you lived in the Birmingham area. It looked to me like a lot of moms had done that and just brought their kids in to enjoy the fountains.
But if you're wanting the whole experience, plan to spend lots of $$$.

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“Nice zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

Well its not the Audubon. But I found this zoo to be quite enjoyable. It was clean and had a lot of unique animals. All of the cages were clean and the animals looked healthy. Its was a good way to kill some time.

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“More hype than reality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2008

Getting better, had some very poor years. Birmingham does have some great attractions, the zoo is not one of them. If you are staying for a prolonged visit - try it. If you want the best in this area try Montgomery Zoo - about 100 miles south.

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