Your next visit to Birmingham Zoo will include more of your favorite animals

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Good news, zoo lovers!

The Birmingham Zoo has taken the next steps for fully – and safely – reopening exhibits and now you can visit more of your favorite critters.

On July 29 the zoo reopened the primate and predator buildings, allowing guests to see a range of animals from all over the world.

The primates building includes the Sumatran orangutans, ring-tailed lemurs, squirrel monkeys, black-hand spider monkeys, giant otters, leopard and more. The predator building features numerous cats from around the world, including the sand cat, Pallas cats (check out the video below!), bobcat and black-footed cat.

Entrances to each building are along the zoo’s one-way path.


The July 29th announcement comes several weeks after the Birmingham Zoo reduced its daily operating hours from seven days a week to five days a week. Beginning July 13, the Zoo will close on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice. Guests and Members can visit the Zoo from Wednesday through Sunday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Birmingham Zoo Attendance

The Zoo closed to the public on March 19 to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community. On June 8, the Zoo reopened with significant changes to its operating procedures that included strict health and safety guidelines for visitors. Social distancing and other enhanced protocols have been successful, and visitors to the Zoo continue to follow measures set in place.

Despite the engaging visitor experience, daily attendance has been lower than anticipated, and revenues continue to decline as a result. As a non-profit organization, the Zoo relies on its 600,000 annual visitors for the revenue critical to maintaining its daily operations and infrastructure. This year’s significantly lower levels of attendance have a tremendous impact on zoo operations.

Emergency Animal Fund

In the early stages of the pandemic, the Zoo established an Emergency Animal Fund to aid with the $1,000 a day it costs to feed over 550 animal residents, which include many endangered and sensitive species. In addition to nutrition, it costs the Zoo an average of $30,000 per day to operate and provide vital animal care. Administrators have now made the decision to close two days out of the week to further control costs and allow for a reduction in expenses.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Emergency Animal Fund

Birmingham Zoo health guidelines

All guests and Members of the Zoo will still be required to follow the Zoo’s health and safety guidelines, including face coverings for individuals over the age of two years old. Limits on attendance and one-way traffic patterns remain in place to provide for better physical distancing. The Zoo will continue to operate as a pleasant outdoor experience in a park environment with buildings remaining closed.

CLICK HERE to see a complete list of Visitor Guidelines

Timed admission tickets are no longer required but visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to help minimize physical contact with Zoo staff. The Red Diamond Express train and Protective Life carousel will open daily starting on Friday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and tickets will be available for purchase onsite and online at For the health and safety of Zoo staff, guests, and animals, the Zoo will continue to monitor and evaluate their operations and modify its procedures as needed.

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