Birmingham Zoo
Birmingham Zoo
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World The Birmingham Zoo is home is a variety of animals, including lions, zebras, giraffes, sea lions, orangutans, zebras, a jaguar, African elephants, and endangered species from six continents! The Birmingham Zoo is a non-profit and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except during special, seasonal and extended hours. Regular admission is $19.95* for adults and $16.95* for senior citizens and military and $14.95* for children ages 2-12 (*Price not including tax). All Birmingham Zoo Members and children under two-years-old receive free admission. The Birmingham Zoo is the only AZA accredited Zoo in the state of Alabama. Regular Zoo Hours Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Birmingham Zoo is closed Monday & Tuesday unless open for a holiday. Entry into the Zoo stops 30 minutes before closing.
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Phillip Humphries
Trussville, AL221 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I have been going to this zoo since I was a kid. The last time we went was about 7 years ago. I was absolutely astounded that the zoo had no bears, camels, antelopes, etc. The addition of a petting zoo at that time removed a lot of animals, replacing them with farm animals you can see practically anywhere. Today, we took our grandbabies back. I recalled as a kid the Tiger house, numerous primates, hippos, etc. The $18 charge to get in is a complete joke. No polar bears, kodiak bears, grizzly bears, no Hippos, rhinos, camels, just empty exhibit after exhibit. The huge snakes are gone. The gorillas are gone. Most all the primates are gone. The elephant exhibit placed the animals so far away the kids could not find them. Several exhibits were dirty. Food is ridiculously priced. The idea of a zoo has dramatically changed since the days of throwing peanuts to the spider monkeys on monkey island, but people, a Zoo has ANIMALS. And if you are going to hype your zoo with special exhibits, like feeding lorakeets and giraffes, then either OPEN these exhibits or LOWER the prices to reflect this change. As sad as it seems, the largest section of the zoo is called Alabama Wilds and it houses the least amount of any animals. Poorly used space.
Written March 25, 2022
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Lilywhitecloud
Florida Panhandle, FL121 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
For $75 plus to just walk through the door, we were told there wasn’t maps but QR code map that was not at all user friendly. So if you don’t have a phone that reads QR codes, you’re out of luck. There are maps randomly that help if you find one. Many animals were missing for some reason. Some animals didn’t have tags at all so who knows what they were. There is a charge for everything (not that the map tells you that). We were constantly looking for places. The lack of signs and maps made finding your way around very frustrating. My youngest wanted to ride the train. We were told by the ride attendant we needed to purchase tickets (who knows what price). Told us to go to the kiosk. The kiosk told us the train was closed but yet the train was running. When I told the attendant the kiosk said the train was closed he then told me I had to go to the front of the zoo to purchase tickets in the gift shop. When I through the line and told the cashier what was happening there was no concern. She then hands me tickets and explains that these tickets are expired but the train station should take them. It seems that you are assumed to know how the zoo and the rides or anything works. I knew there would be a charge for the giraffe but according to the map the feeding time was ending in 30 minutes when we got there. We hustled to get there only have posted different time for feeding then what the map said. Also if you plan on pictures of said encounter, you might want to purchase a token for yourself as you will have to take pics of the back of your kids heads as they are only allowed in the enclosure. All I wanted was a picture. Food is super expensive. A kids meal is 10 bucks and most adult meals start at 15. Slice of pizza was $12. Pack a lunch and save some money. Not all water fountains worked and bathrooms are sparsely placed. I’m glad my kids had fun but this was a huge disappointment.
Written April 6, 2023
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The zoo has free parking. The zoo has a train ride, various places to eat, and a gift shop. The paths are well paved and relatively flat. They are also well shaded in most places. During my visit I saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, various primates, an alligator, and many types of birds. COVID-19: Visitors are expected to wear masks at all time within the zoo and the paths are "one-way" to promote social distancing.
Written February 23, 2021
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Apollo J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Warning do not go to the Birmingham Zoo. It is a waste of money there are no animals to see. We took my daughter on the 4th of July and it was disappointing I wasted 53 dollars for nothing. They should not be open. I will never go back.
Written July 4, 2020
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KY_EMT
Jeffersonville, IN104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
This is a very nice zoo, not my favorite by far but I did visit during a national pandemic so it was no surprise that there were so many closed exhibits. All in all it was a fun experience, but even once current restrictions are lifted I doubt I’ll go back just based on what I did see. I did appreciate the fact that they offer a discount for first responders. The train ride around the park was also nice.
Written November 14, 2020
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KKB_HSV
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
One of our favorite zoos!! They have a good variety of animals- that you can actually see, and the park is clean. Last spring when we visited that had a camel you could ride for a few extra dollars. The food isn’t horrible and is right in front so you could do one half of the park, stop for lunch, then see the other side. I believe you can even bring your own food in the zoo. The staff has always been very nice.
Written January 11, 2020
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Rachel N
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
I have visited the Birmingham Zoo many times in my life. Attending as I grew up in Birmingham, through my college years on dates and now bringing my own children. My family has also held a zoo membership on and off for 11 years. However, after our experience today, I'm not sure we will be back- definitely never members!

Today my husband and myself accompanied our 6yr old and 3 of her class mates on their field trip. We pre paid the fees for admission and a train ride. We were not given a train ticket for the 4 children we were assigned, so we thought their wrist band was all encompassing. We stood in line for the train for 20 minutes and when we got to the front we were asked for our tickets. We explained we were with a school trip, my husband and I had tickets but the children were not given one. We were met with an immediate "no ticket no ride" from the conductor.

After talking back and forth with the conductor, who desperately lacked any customer service skills, two more employees were called to the scene. They told us they did in fact know the Childrens ride was paid for, through the school, but that unless we went to get the physical ticket we could not ride. My husband and I assured the staff we would find the teacher and bring the tickets to the train, to be destroyed, after the ride, if we could be allowed to ride with the rest of the class/other classes from the same school. It was a hard no from the incredibly unfriendly staff members.

We are rule followers, and know rules are in place for a reason. However, there are occasions when businesses should choose good customer service, over such strict policy (with zero explanation as to why this was the policy to begin with). My husband and I had to take 4 crying 6 yr old girls out of the line, trek half way across the zoo, find our tickets, then get back in line for the train.

Aside from our terrible experience with the staff today, there were little to no animals out on display. I'm truly not sure what anyone is paying for with their price of admission these days.

Customer service and experience are clearly dead these days. Such a shame.
Written April 7, 2022
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Flloridagirl
Florida27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The zoo is always interesting and fun but we were disappointed that the new entrance was unusable. Also, Christmas decorations were still up although we could tell they were being dismantled. The areas are well maintained and the exhibits are fun.
Written January 19, 2020
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jackbauerTX
Saltillo, MS347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Went here on a Thursday and it was a great use of our time! It was our first visit to this zoo and it met our expectations. We have seen Houston, Cincinnati, Memphis, and others across the south and it was good but not the at the top. The main reason is just shear number of exhibits and shows.

We did catch the goat walk which was pretty cool and then to the sea lion training. Both were interactive and fun, but that was all the shows you can see during the week.

Pros: good parking, safe location, upgraded facilities, tons of restrooms, pretty good exhibits. Our family had fun and we would recommend.

Cons: for one time visit, we spent over half the cost of family membership so value is not really there. But we aren’t from the area and therefore couldn’t justify the upgrade
Written March 12, 2020
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Olivia S
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Went to the zoo on 9/11/21. Lots of closed areas. Animals essentially live on gravel. It was actually pretty sad. One animal had an empty velveta cheese box in its enclosure and one had an empty brown paper bag. Both of these were inside exhibits, so it isn’t like a visitor would have thrown them in there, only employees have access. Viewing glass was extreme dirty. The animals look pretty sad. I wouldn’t go back. Lots of trees outside the enclosures blocking site of the animals and very little trees, grass, or vegetation in the enclosures to make the animals feel “at home”. Food for myself and 2 babies was $40. They are definitely not spending the money on updating the zoo or creating nice environments for the animals.
Written September 13, 2021
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