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Birmingham Zoo: Alabama's Animal Love Affair

Updated on September 8, 2017

Animals at the Zoo

Giraffes are located at The Birmingham Zoo in Alabama. The Zoo actually houses two of them.
Giraffes are located at The Birmingham Zoo in Alabama. The Zoo actually houses two of them. | Source
Seals love to play in the water with beach balls. The Birmingham Zoo has three Seals.
Seals love to play in the water with beach balls. The Birmingham Zoo has three Seals. | Source
Monkeys are very smart and can learn many things rather quickly. The Birmingham Zoo has all kinds of apes including a Gorilla.
Monkeys are very smart and can learn many things rather quickly. The Birmingham Zoo has all kinds of apes including a Gorilla. | Source
Snakes are reptiles and many are poisonous. The Birmingham Zoo has a reptile section full of snakes, lizards and turtles.
Snakes are reptiles and many are poisonous. The Birmingham Zoo has a reptile section full of snakes, lizards and turtles. | Source
The Birmingham Zoo allows you to feed seeds to all the birds in the ponds. A bridge goes across the water from one side of the Zoo to the other.
The Birmingham Zoo allows you to feed seeds to all the birds in the ponds. A bridge goes across the water from one side of the Zoo to the other. | Source

A Trip to the Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo is located in Birmingham, Alabama and it has a wide variety of about seven hundred different animals to view. The zoo itself has a petting zoo for young kids so, they can get up close and personal with a few select animals. My favorite thing to do is, to take the train ride around the zoo which is a nice way to relax on your visit. They have many eating spots throughout the zoo and gift shops are obviously available at every turn. The zoo has one gorilla and several baboons, monkeys and other apes. As far as the jungle cats go, the zoo offers one bengal tiger, two lions, a panther, two leopards and many different mountain cats. These cats are amazing to see. It makes you have a healthy respect for them that maybe they did not have at first.

If you like reptiles, they have a large selection of turtles, rats and snakes in their sanctuaries behind the glass in a cave like setting that serves as the reptiles habitat. I personally do not like snakes but, the cave setting is a nice touch. I know that this zoo is not the largest but, to me it was the only one I knew of and certainly the closest to home. Now that I am grown, it is still a great place to visit every now and then, especially if you have children. Every now and then they will have an animal that is "featured" and it has more information on it including a video on a TV set.

The exhibit with the seals is amazing. The seals swim and play with their beach ball. When it gets hot outside, you will wish you were swimming with the seals. Park benches are placed throughout the park including at the water. Here, you can feed the birds or just relax and watch the scenery. All the regulars are here including the zebra, elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros. It is so entertaining to see these animals in a habitat to see how the animals do these things and have the instinct to do them.

Admission to the zoo is well worth the money and it is also a great day trip and a way to spend the day with friends and family while enjoying animals we do not get to see every day. It is fun just to take time out to enjoy nature and, looking out into the pond from the long wooden bridge is nice at sunset. Also, The park has many shaded areas and misting spray areas. Kids, adults and older folks visit the zoo annually to see the animals and ride he train.

My favorite stop on the way to Montgomery to watch the rodeo each year was our trip to the Birmingham Zoo, Each of the animals just amazed me, especially the monkey and lions. This was an annual trip hat we took each year and then went on to our week long vacation to watch the rodeo in Montgomery. My mom and dad would load up my brother and myself and we would stay and entire week. We always made sure we took time to go to the zoo.

The Zoo Website

I found the Birmingham Zoo website to be very informative and very inviting. It's bright colors and photos of animals in the zoo make it a very pleasant experience. If you are planning a trip to the zoo, keep in mind to check the website for the latest information.

Plan Your Visit: Zoo Map, daily activities, group reservations

Events: Trails of Africa, birthday parties, facility rental, nightlife programs

Education: Zoo keeper for the day, Zoo patch program, adopt an animal program. These are educational and teach a lot about zoo life animals.

I hope you enjoy your trip to the Zoo! Beautiful scenery and very nice people woking for you.

Kid's Playground

The Birmingham Zoo has an area to play in the water and to pet certain zoo animals.
The Birmingham Zoo has an area to play in the water and to pet certain zoo animals. | Source

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Zoo Information

Way back at the beginning, the land for the zoo was purchased on the south side of Red Mountain between the years of 1889 and 1896. The Birmingham Zoo was opened April 2, 1955. The first exhibit ever at the zoo, was on the opening day April 2, 1955. It was Monkey Island. Monkey Island still exists today at the zoo. At the Birmingham Zoo, there are eight hundred animals, two hundred species, eighty species of birds, eighty species of reptiles and sixty different mammals spread out over a space of one hundred twenty two acres. There are even many endangered animals from six different continents. This makes for a great place to learn about all different kinds of animals.

At the zoo, it takes an entire staff of dedicated animal lovers. They are known as keepers, curators and zoological managers. These special people are specially trained to work with these animals that require the different diets than your average say, dog or cat, to reflect the natural habitat. They work in conjunction with the Animal Nutrition Center to work on these certain requirements and special food needs. The Animal Health Center provides the veterinary care for the animals at the zoo.

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      Amari 4 months ago

      I would come and visit but I am in Colorado. I really want to come and see all the animal's. And have a good time on the trip the zoo.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Interesting hub. I actually live very close to the other Birmingham, the one in England and we have a zoo, or safari park as its called that's very similar to the one you describe here.

      I was having a look at the map, and was interested to see that there's a place called Brummit Heights close to Birmingham. I was interested because in England, people who are born and bred in Birmingham are known as Brummies- wonder if there's a link there. Voted up etc.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great hub.. I love the zoo.. but my very favorite animal is the black panther.

      debbie

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi lesliebyars

      Thanks for such an interesting story about the Zoo. I am an animal lover--domestic and wild.

      I will tell my sister about this Zoo as she visits in Alabama with her husband ever few years.

      I will look at the website, and thanks for all the information, so I will be able to tell her more.

      Thanks,

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis