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Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham

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#2 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Alabama
With over 230 species on site, Birmingham Zoo provides expertise in conservation and helps tell the story of the plight of endangered species spanning six continents. The not-for-profit organization educates and entertains, with over 99 hectares (122 acres) that are home to over 950 animals. Visit bird exhibits and take part in a pelican feeding. See the world's largest lizard at the Komodo Dragon exhibit. While here, you can learn about the zoo's efforts and proficiency in elephant conservation and African wildlife. You'll be entertained by a seated performance conducted by the two host sea lions or jump on the zoo train for a ride around the property. The children's area features a carousel that's appropriate for all ages. Birmingham Zoo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Birmingham Edition.
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  • For the size of the zoo it has a good variety of animals and birds. I recommend feeding the giraffes and riding the camel. A must on your list of activities should be to feed the lorikeets. The kids w...  more »
  • This was my birthday zoo visit trip and and lucked out that it was half off admission day. It was alright for around Halloween time but I think I would have enjoyed it more during the late spring or s...  more »
  • Parking was easy and lots of volunteers to help you get tickets and talk about the lights. The train ride was cold but fun. They even have accommodations for handicapped. Only addition I’d make would ...  more »
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  • December 2017: Still one of my favorite tourist locations in the Birmingham area, but I can’t say I give my recommendation for the Zoo Light Safari. Most exhibits are closed, and not very many lights stand out beyond what you would see at a well-decorated house around Christmas. Save your money and go to the zoo during the daytime. Original review: Enjoyable zoo experience. I highly recommend you don't go in June unless you love to sweat a lot.
  • This zoo is pretty great. The family and I went about two hours before the zoo closed. We got to see almost all of the main attractions. The only reason we didn't was because we visited in the winter and some of the animals were in for the winter. The zoo was clean and the employees were friendly. Highly recommend.
  • Always have enjoyed the zoo but was really disappointed with this year's "zoo light safari". You buy a ticket to get in but then you have to buy tickets for all of the activities.? The only activity we were really interested in was the train ride but the line was Way too long! The petting zoo was fun but we only got to spend 10 min inside before they asked us to leave because it was closing. I deff expected more
  • Great zoo. When it is cold in the winter it is hard to find the animals as they are hiding from the cold. Nice staff. Bring a stroller if you have small children as it is a long walk around. Would recommend to others.
  • Nice Zoo they are constantly updating environments for the animals. Feeding times for the animals are around 10a and 4p. The animals are more active when it is cooler out. The zoo is also very clean, from inside the cages to outside of the cages, the walkways and the restrooms. The Cafe at the entrance has a good variety of food and snacks. I chose the veggie sub, it was delightful. The only disappointed time we had was at the Red Diamond seal show which is at 10 and 2. About 30 adults and children waited for the 2p show and at 2p two female attendants came out from the wall and threw a couple of fish out to the seals and had one seal wave to the small crowd. The so called show was over in less than 10 minutes. No introduction, or information or anything was said over the PA system. I don't know how they can call that a show. The train ride during Boo at the Zoo was enjoyable viewing the creative animated pirate theme characters.

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