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Montgomery Zoo

2301 Coliseum Parkway

Zoo History:

What began in a small downtown park in Montgomery, Alabama has now grown, expanded and become a premiere American zoological facility. The Montgomery Zoo started with humble beginnings as a small children’s zoo as a part of a local community park in the 1920s. While at Oak Park, the zoo housed alligators, monkeys, bears and assorted other animals. There was a small train and carousel for the children.

As the years passed and dreams grew, in 1972 the Montgomery Zoo relocated to the quickly expanding north section of town, and still its current location. The Zoo began with six acres, a small petting zoo for the children, assorted monkeys, a flight cage designed after the 1906 St. Louis World’s Fair and chimpanzee named Benji.

In 1976, the Montgomery Zoo hosted its first fundraising event entitled Zoo Day. This initial event grew to become an annual event and even take on a new name: Zoo Weekend. Today, an average Zoo Weekend will play host to over 18,000 guests. In 1989, ground-breaking took place expanding the Zoo to 40 acres. After two years of hard labor, the community welcomed a new Zoo in 1991. Barrier-free and multi-species exhibits highlighted the expansion, as well as, the Zoo being divided into five continental realms: Africa, Australia, Asia, North America and South America.


Sheley White

Thursday, May 10, 2018
We love the Montgomery zoo. Very shady and quiet and you can spend a whole day at the Zoo taking your time picnicking and going to the museum. The bathrooms are always clean and stocked well. The food is reasonably priced and fast good. The park has plenty to do next to the petting Zoo. It's a very nice zoo. The museum is very big and it's nice to go inside with air conditioning or warmth in the winter. This zoo has a lot if hands on for the kids.

Michelle Gunnell

Saturday, June 16, 2018
We brought our 4 year old here for his birthday present and had a lot of fun. He loved the train, so I definitely recommend buying a ticket for that! The zoo is smaller than we're used to, but that made it easy to see most of the animals in the 2 hours we were there. There are several misting stations around the zoo to help keep visitors cool, so that's a nice touch.

Erica B

Sunday, June 10, 2018
We ALWAYS have a great time while visiting the zoo. It's a friendly zoo, and the price is right for what they have. My daughter is 3.5, and she loves it there, especially feeding the giraffes!! The Stingray exhibit was open this time, and we LOVED it. We got tickets for the private feeding session, and it was really cool... all the kids in there (and the adults, too!) enjoyed it. We went when the high was going to be 88 and cloudy, and that is seriously the best time. The water misters were on, and that's always a pleasure! All of the animals were out, but most the big cats were being lazy, as were the otters (my fave). We happened to be there while the vets were giving West Nile vaccines to the eagles, so that was interesting to watch (the vets were also checking on the wing and foot of one of them... Athena, I think). We happened upon a presentation at the lion exhibit, and I learned something new about lions that are kept in captivity... always good to learn... my daughter thought the lion skull was awesome! The restrooms were clean, all the staff we encountered were friendly, and helpful, and the zoo's landscaping was on point.

Robert Timothy Griffin

Friday, June 15, 2018
Great place to go if you love animals. The train is always fun as well as the skylift. I saw the new sting ray exhibit for the first time this last visit. It's pretty cool but a lot smaller than I expected. Still fun to get to touch them though. Feeding the giraffes is fun also just make sure you don't let them get the entire cup of grass in the first bite. I also recommend feeding the parakeets in the parakeet Cove. It's always best to go in a time when they're still somewhat hungry. Same goes for the giraffes. If a lot of people have been feeding them and feeding the parakeets they're less likely to be interested

Brandon and Ashley O'Field

Friday, June 8, 2018
We go at least once a week with our toddler. Super clean and well maintained. The annual membership well worth it. Only thing that would make it better would be an annual pass to feed the giraffes. $3/feeding per person while not bad, adds up when you go regularly.

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