This is important anytime, but especially during the Southern summer heat. With a high of 72 during our visit, we couldn't have asked for better weather. I'm not sure I'd be willing to brave temps in the 90's and up this summer though, especially with a little one in tow. There are misters, shade, and even a splash pad zone available though if you do find yourself here on a sweltering day. The Birmingham Zoo is stroller and wheelchair friendly and there's a small playground where the kids can stretch their legs. Sweet T liked this area best of all, especially the drums... and this awesome log she would have climbed on all day if I'd let her.
We didn't see all of the big cats, but I enjoyed the lions up close. They have relaxing down to a fine art
T has been learning her animals so she enjoyed the elephant, giraffes, and monkeys. I got some decent shots considering there was a toddler on my hip for most of them. ;)
I haven't seen kangaroos in a zoo for a long time so they were a treat. T didn't know what to think of them since they don't make an appearance in any of her books or puzzles. Mama liked them though!Thanks to the setup and layout of the enclosures, we didn't have a problem viewing any of the animals that were out. I was disappointed that the new baby orangutan wasn't out and about, but she's in high demand and must have needed a break.
Sweet T thought this swan should go home with us and didn't understand why she couldn't feed it. It's just a big chicken, right?Speaking of chickens, there were several in the children's zoo (aka petting zoo) area and she enjoyed seeing the roosters since we don't have any of those. She also like petting the goats, but there was too much of a crowd for me to wrangle/protect her and take pictures at the same time. It was at that point that we realized we had lost her stuffed Eeyore along the way! Fortunately we have a spare at home and identical ones are still being sold at Walmart. Thank goodness! All-in-all we had a great time. Below are some tips for your visit to The Birmingham Zoo
I hope your visit to the Birmingham Zoo is as pleasant as ours was!