Founded in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo (BZI) became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999 with an independent Board of Directors. With approximately 550 animals comprised of 185 species, the Zoo protects and preserves endangered animals and promotes conservation. As a member Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), Birmingham Zoo ranks in the top 10% of animal exhibitors in the nation and is the only accredited zoo in Alabama. The Zoo's collection of live animals is the foundation for major programs in conservation, education and its mission, Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World. The Birmingham Zoo serves as a one of the primary conservation education resources for Alabama educators. Each year, an average of 75,000 students visit the Zoo for field trips or other educational school programs.
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223