Behind the Scenes

 What is the Birmingham Zoo doing here and around the world to help ecosystems and animals? Find out during this personalized, up-close encounter with our resident animals and an Animal Care Professional who cares for them. Ages 5 and up are welcome on all Behind the Scenes Encounters. Guests 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Registration for any Animal Encounter ends 1 hour prior to the beginning of the encounter. Please wear PPE shoes for your safety. If you have any questions about Animal Encounter requirements, please contact our Education department at education@birminghamzoo.com or by calling 205-397-3877.

Current Encounters (Daily Capacity: 6 participants)
Cassowary- Sundays at 1:15pm
Black Bears- Saturdays at 1:30pm

Non-Members:$65
Members: $50 (must be signed in to get member pricing)

Please note: experiences may be changed or cancelled in order to maintain the health and well-being of our animals--our main focus at the Birmingham Zoo. Any tours that are cancelled will be refunded or rescheduled.

Tuesday Admission

Tuesday Half Price Tickets are valid for general admission only on Tuesdays.  If presented on other days of the week, purchaser agrees to pay the difference to a full price ticket. All prices are plus tax. Admission tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after purchase date.

Active/Retired/Veteran/Reserve Military includes spouses and dependents – must show military ID and spouse/dependent ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket. 

College Student must show current and valid student ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket.

*Onsite General Admission Tickets stop being sold one hour before Zoo closing.

**During regular hours, entry into the Zoo stops fifteen minutes before closing.

If you are looking to purchase Non-Tuesday Admission tickets, please click here!

If you are looking to purchase Ride Tickets, Unlimited Ride Wristbands or All Adventure wristbands, please click here and scroll down!

 

Field Experience: Animal Adaptations

Ride Tickets

Enjoy one ride on the Protective Life Carousel, Red Diamond Express Train, or Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide!

One ticket per person per ride, ages 2 years and up. Ride tickets are for daytime operation only and are not valid for special events, such as Boo at the Zoo.

*Guests must be 4 years and 40 inches tall to ride the Wild Slide. All slide riders must have a ticket or wristband.  1 ticket equals 3 turns on the Wild Slide.  Wild Slide is weather dependent.

*Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel.  Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult chaperone on the train.  

All Adventure

Enjoy the Protective Life Carousel, Red Diamond Express Train, or Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide as many times as you like on the day of your visit PLUS one camel ride, one giraffe feeding, and one lorikeet feeding!

DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TO THE BIRMINGHAM ZOO One wristband per person, ages 2 years and up. All adventure wristbands are for daytime operation only and are not valid for special events, such as Boo at the Zoo.

*Guests must be 4 years and 40 inches tall to ride the Wild Slide. All slide riders must have a ticket or wristband. Wild Slide is weather dependent.

*Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel.  Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult chaperone on the train.  

*All camel riders must have a ticket regardless of age.  Children under 3 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

*All guests age 3 and up must have a ticket to enter the giraffe feeding platform.

*Lorikeet aviary is free to enter, but All Adventure ticket will allow ticket holder to receive one nectar cup for feeding the birds.

Ride Wristband

Enjoy the Protective Life Carousel, Red Diamond Express Train, or Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide as many times as you like on the day of your visit!

One wristband per person, ages 2 years and up. Ride wristbands are for daytime operation only and are not valid for special events, such as Boo at the Zoo.

*Guests must be 4 years and 40 inches tall to ride the Wild Slide. All slide riders must have a ticket or wristband.  Wild Slide is weather dependent.

*Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel.  Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult chaperone on the train.  

General Admission

All prices are plus tax. Military, College Student, and Reciprocal Zoo discounts are available at the Zoo admission windows. Group discounts are only available through our Group Reservation Process.  Please visit our Groups Page for more information.  Admission tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after purchase date.

Active/Retired/Veteran/Reserve Military includes spouses and dependents – must show military ID and spouse/dependent ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket. 

College Student must show current and valid student ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket.

*Onsite General Admission Tickets stop being sold one hour before Zoo closing.

**During regular hours, entry into the Zoo stops fifteen minutes before closing.

If you are looking to purchase Tuesday Half-Price tickets, please click here!

If you are looking to purchase Ride Tickets, Unlimited Ride Wristbands or All Adventure wristbands, please click here and scroll down!

 

Tails in the Trails

You’re invited to join us for a fun night at Tails in the Trails presented by the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board! Our ninth annual event will take place on Friday, May 31 from 6:30-10:00pm in the Birmingham Zoo’s signature Trails of Africa. Guests will be greeted by our animal residents and treated to an outdoor tropical celebration! Enjoy live music from Nationwide Coverage, hors d’oeuvres from 12 area restaurants and "foodie favorites" a signature “Pink Flamingo” cocktail, photo booth and cash bar! Take part in our online auction benefiting a new interactive flamingo habitat at the Zoo. Tails in the Trails is a 21+ event. *Prices not including tax.

Zoo, Brews & Full Moon Bar-B-Que

 

Join the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, June 22 from 5:30-8:30pm as we kick-off our 5th annual Zoo, Brews & Full Moon Bar-B-Que event! Craft beer fans will love and enjoy a fantastic selection of drinks from some of the finest specialty brews around. Enjoy samplings from breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast. In addition to beer, there will be plenty of other libations, including wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees will also delight in a tasty dinner provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Que.

Our annual beer fest is perfect for adults and families. Special events and activities for the evening include music, lawn games, animals greetings and walkabouts, rides on the Red Diamond Express Train and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide, plus so much more!

Under 21 and designated driver tickets include admission, dinner, slide & train. Over 21 tickets include admission, dinner, souvenir beer mug, slide, train, and 6 drink tokens for beer sampling.

*This is a rain or shine event. *No ticket refunds will be issued.

To purchase VIP Tickets, click HERE

 

 

Zoo, Brews & Full Moon Bar-B-Que VIP

 

Join the Birmingham Zoo on Saturday, June 22 from 5:30-8:30pm as we kick-off our 5th annual Zoo, Brews & Full Moon Bar-B-Que event! Craft beer fans will love and enjoy a fantastic selection of drinks from some of the finest specialty brews around. Enjoy samplings from breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast.  In addition to beer, there will be plenty of other libations, including wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees will also delight in a tasty dinner provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Que.

Our annual beer fest is perfect for adults and families. Special events and activities for the evening include music, lawn games, animals greetings and walkabouts, rides on the Red Diamond Express Train and Full Moon Bar-B-Que Wild Slide, plus so much more! There are a limited number of VIP tickets available, so purchase early!

Under 21 and designated driver tickets include VIP Parking, early admission at 5pm, a special plush, dinner, slide & train. Over 21 tickets include VIP Parking, early admission at 5pm, 10 drink tokens for beer sampling, souvenir beer mug, koozie, dinner, slide & train.

*This is a rain or shine event. *No ticket refunds will be issued.

To purchase General Admission Tickets, click HERE