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)
Giant Tortoise- Sundays at 1:30pm (July-August)
Black Bears- Saturdays at 1:30pm (through July)

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

Field Experience: Feathers and Flight

Zoo University: The Role of Genetics in the Modern Zoo

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 $14 – must show military ID and spouse/dependent ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket. 

College Student $14 - 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 Zoo Fun Day tickets (July 20-21 or July 27-28), please click here!

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!

 

Breakfast with Characters

Pajama Jam

You’re invited to a fun-filled, pajama-wearing, music-jamming celebration at the Birmingham Zoo’s 1st annual Pajama Jam! The end of summer is almost here, so let’s have one more party before the start of the school year! Wear your pajamas, pack a blanket and join us on Henley Park for rocking tunes presented by Mason Music.

Our summer inspired pajama party offers the entire family an evening of games, activities, animal greetings, and excitement! Fun for all ages, the event hosts a special story time with Llama Llama Red Pajama! Guests will enjoy puppet shows from “That Puppet Guy”, making crafts, and cooling off in the Splash Pads. Don’t forget to bring your towel!

*Admission to the event includes entrance into the Zoo, free unlimited rides on the carousel, train and wild slide. Including access to lawn games, puppet show, crafts, splash pads, story time, sensory bins, entertainment and a special appearance from the Llama in Pajamas!

**Food, beverages will be available for purchase.

Advance pricing available through August 2 so save $5 by purchasing early!  Infants and toddlers 0-3 years of age are FREE! Members must be logged in to receive discounted prices. Discount applied on checkout page.

 

Zoo Fun Days

All prices are plus tax. Military and College Student discounts are available at the Zoo admission windows with valid ID.  These tickets are valid only for the Zoo Fun Days, but are date-transferrable to any of the four dates: July 20, July 21, July 27, or July 28.

Active/Retired/Veteran/Reserve Military includes spouses and dependents $9 – must show military ID and spouse/dependent ID at admissions window to purchase discounted ticket. 

College Student $9 - 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 General Admission Tickets, Ride Tickets, Unlimited Ride Wristbands or All Adventure wristbands, please click here and scroll down!

 

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