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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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  • Our highlight was definitely hearing and watching the lion. He was so majestic and his vocalizations were spectacular. Perfect sized zoo and nice animal diversity for a three hour visit. Also perfect ...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by all the animals at this zoo. Lots of animals, birds, and reptiles. It took about 2 hours to get through the entire zoo. Anyone that loves animals should stop in for a vis...  more »
  • The Zoo is quite nice, but not very large. We have an annual ticket. So even worth a short visit for a walk. Otherwise, the admission for the whole family is an investment. They always offer events and renovated over the winter months.
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  • Enjoyed our day at the zoo. This was my 4 year old's first visit and it even entertained my older children too. I was glad to see they were making improvements. We did miss the elephants though. The fact they had extended summer weekends was wonderful too. We even got in 1/2 price.
  • This a fantastic historical place in Birmingham. They are currently undergoing construction and revamping up the place. It's always crowded so get there early or at least 2 hours before the zoo closes. There is a fantastic area behind the petting zoo of Alabama woodlands. We have a membership and love to go walking there.
  • Great folks, very knowledgeable. Kids had a great time. However. There were empty cages with signs, some dirty or aged glass, and lots of construction. Would definitely go back.
  • I have been at zoo all around the country. I like this zoo, I just feel it's in a transition from good to great. I feel the nocturnal animals should be in an around the is darker like the Cincinnati zoo has so you see the moving and not sleeping. The exhibits that were inside could be better like painted landscape on the back walls. I also noticed larger inside exhibits did not have water in them. Like the anaconda exhibit. My family had fun and we did see animal behavior we have not seen before like a lion stalking a bird like a house cat. The food we not worth the price and the customer service was mediocre at best. Over all we had a good day we had fun it a nice zoo and the animal staff was great and communicated well with us and answered any question we had.
  • The Birmingham Zoo is, and has been recently, on a precarious balance point. The zoo is trying to renovate, but most renovations are cosmetic and do not address the issue that the quality and quantity of actual animals exhibited are on a steady decline. They remove old exhibits without replacing them with new exhibits. They lose animals and do not get more. And yet the zoo continues to increase the price of admission. When they state they have about 800 animals, I feel like they are also counting each duck, turtle and goldfish swimming in the runoff ponds. Hopefully the zoo will be able to tip the scales and make some drastic improvements. However, until they do a zoo visit here is really not worth the cost of admission.

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The downtown financial district is populated with luxury chain hotels that service business executives and travelers. Moderately priced hotels dot the outlying neighborhoods. Consider an apartment in the Eastside neighborhood to immerse yourself in local culture.
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