Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

    - NEW Behind the Scenes & Animal Experiences COMING SOON
    - Volunteer Open House, Saturday, August 29 -- see details
    - Giraffe calf Connye on display daily at the Giraffe Encounter
    - Zoobilation, Thursday, Sept 17 -- BUY TICKETS NOW
    - Thursday, Sept 17 Zoo closes at noon to prepare for Zoobilation
    - Ballet & the Beasts, Friday, Sept 25 -- FREE ADMISSION
    - Top 8 things to do in Montgomery: Check it out

Giraffe KissPenetrate deep into the jungles of South America. Travel the savannas of Africa or the hilltops of Asia. Venture the tall grasses of the North American plains. See the Zebras graze on the plains while tigers roam nearby. Or just visit your Montgomery Zoo and see it all. Join us for a fun-packed and educational adventure. Our residents include over 500 animals from five different continents, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. The Zoo spans over 40 beautifully landscaped acres, offering you a magnificent view of exotic wildlife and endangered species. By leisurely stroll, or with a ride on the miniature train, the Montgomery Zoo is a sight to see! Located minutes from historic downtown Montgomery.

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Enjoy a unique behind the scenes, wildlife experience 
Game Day at the Montgomery Zoo.  Start your weekend at the Montgomery Zoo with a special and unique behind the scenes tour and animal experience.  Learn about your favorite team's mascot, whether it be the University of Alabama Pachyderms, the Auburn Tigers or the Florida Gators.  Take in a one of a kind animal experience before the big game day kickoff.  

Experiences and behind the scenes available are:
     - Elephants
     - Tigers
     - Giraffes 
     - Alligators

More detailed info and registration

Tours begin Saturday, September 4.  Registration will go live soon.  Be watching.  We are looking forward to sharing this wonder experience with our Montgomery Zoo members and visitors.  

Help build a legacy for generations to come by giving 
A legacy has been built here at the Montgomery Zoo greatly in part from generous donations from friends and members just like you. Either as a dedication, class project, memorial, unique gift item, or as a holiday year-end gift, your gifts are contributed to the general fund allowing the Montgomery Zoo to continue to expand, develop new exhibits and programs, introduce new rides and animal encounters while continuing to touch the people of the region and outlying communities.  

There are multiple ways to contribute to the Montgomery Zoo. 

Our goal is simple yet true. We want to create and maintain an environment that is safe and healthy for our guests and animals alike, creating a positive and learning experience for all to enjoy. Won't you join us in building a legacy that will impact today and generations to come?  

Help bring Stingray Bay to the Montgomery Zoo 
One of our future animal exhibit projects is building a touch and feel stingray exhibit, Stingray Bay.  This exhibit will be an enclosed exhibit with a pool filled with a multitude of free swimming stingray. Guests will be able to enjoy a full animal encounter by observing them as they swim about the tank and interact with each other, guests will be allowed to touch the stingray as well as feed the stingray.

The past few Zoo Weekends and Zoobilations have raised funds to bring this exhibit and this animal experience to the Montgomery Zoo. However, we still need to raise some additional funds in order to move forward and begin construction. If you would like to help by contributing online to this fund and bring stingrays to the Montgomery Zoo, please visit this online giving site.

Also, help spread the news by liking and sharing the Stingray Bay facebook page. 

Thank you, and we are grateful for your support and help in bringing stingrays to the Montgomery Zoo. 

     - Give online today 

     - Visit the Stingray Bay facebook page

     - Fundraising event

Quick, easy and fast!
Buy online now!  Tickets. Memberships. Group reservations.
Buy your Montgomery Zoo and/or Mann Wildlife Learning Museum daily tickets, make group and school group reservations, and purchase your memberships online now.  It is quick, easy and a blast!  

  - Buy Zoo and/or Museum day tickets
  - Buy a membership
  - Renew existing membership
  - Make a school group reservation
  - Make a non-school group reservation

NOTE: When purchasing online day tickets and/or making group reservations: when you land on the ticketing page, select the desired date of your visit first then follow the prompts to complete your transaction.  


Need more Zoo information
Hours of operation
Open daily, 7 days per week*
     9am - 5:30pm**  ***
*Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas 
  Day (the zoo will open Christmas night
  during Christmas Lights Festival) and
  New Year's Day.  

** Last ticket is sold at 4pm.  Major animal
begin closing at 4:30pm daily.

*** December hours: 9am - 5pm.  Re-open at 5:30pm for Christmas Lights Festival on nights that it applies. 

Firearm and weapon policy: No firearms and/or weapons of any sort are allow on the City of Montgomery Zoo property. Signs are posted at each entrance.

Phone contacts
(334) 240-4900
Gift Shop: (334) 240-4960
Mann Museum: (334) 240-4905
Overlook Cafe: (334) 240-4950
Memberships: (334) 240-4902
Education: (334) 240-4909
Field Trips: (334) 240-4902

Physical address
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36110


The Montgomery Area Zoological Society serves as the fundraising board of the Montgomery Zoo 
It is the goal of the Montgomery Area Zoological Society (MAZS) to aid and contribute to the conservation, education and preservation efforts of the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.  It serves this purpose as being a fundraising arm of the Zoo to aid in the growth and expansion of the Zoo by raising funds to build future exhibits, animal encounters, rides and attractions and play as host and partner of many of the Zoo's special events.

To discover more information about the MAZS board 
    - Zoobilation

Big savings... School group discounts and packages 
School groups, home school associations, day cares; large or small, come one, come all.  From a school field trip to a classroom outing or project, we welcome everyone to the Montgomery Zoo.  Visit over 500 species of exotic animals from five continental realms in the heart of Alabama's capital city.  Located only minutes from historic downtown Montgomery.  Move your classroom experience outside and enter the wildest adventure of the school year.  Roam 42 beautifully landscaped acres.  Delight in the sights and sounds of a world-class zoological facility.  Enjoy two fantastic attractions in the one convenient location.  Create a fun-filled, education packed day.  Groups or individuals, there is plenty of fun and adventure for everyone, and all ages. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to qualify for discounted group admissions, your group must have at least 20 paying guests.  

Be sure to check-out these upcoming events at the Montgomery Zoo.   
  • Overlook Cafe hours: The Overlook Cafe is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4:30pm.  Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.  Grill open 10am-4pm daily.  Playground refreshments kiosk open Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm.  Months March - May weekdays 10am - 2pm.  Click to view menu and place your lunch order
  • NEW! JUST ARRIVED! Dipping Dots at the Montgomery Zoo Gift Shop.  Eight delicious flavors: Chocolate, Birthday Cake, Cotton Candy, Rainbow, Oreo, Cookie Dough, Red Berry Sherbert, and Banana Split.  $3.50 per bag.  Great summer time treat and zoo snack!
  • Thursday, Sept 17, The Zoo closes at noon in preparation for Zoobilation later that night.  The Mann Museum remains open until 5pm.  Please join us for Zoobilation, beginning at 6pm.  All Zoobilation guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.   
  • Zoobilation, Sept 17, 6pm-10pm. Dance to the groove, delight in drinks and samplings from the River Region's finest eateries and specialty bars, try your luck at the auction, and just have fun for a great cause.  Zoobilation is a fundraiser geared for adults only.  Join us for the social event of the season on Thursday night, Sept 17.  Tickets required, all guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Buy tickets now!
  • Ballet and the Beasts, Sept 25, 6pm-10pm. Enjoy the Montgomery Ballet in a FREE performance under the stars at the Montgomery Zoo.  Admission is FREE, picnic blankets and chairs are welcome.  A wonderful evening at the Zoo for all ages.  Gates open at 6pm, performance will begin at dusk.  
  • ZooBoo, Oct 15-18, 22-25 and 29-31, 6pm - 9pm nightly.  Join us for 11 nights of fun, fright and horror at ZooBoo.  Climb aboard the thrill and chill ride of a lifetime Haunted Hay Ride or mosey on over to the Pumpkin Pull, a non-scary, good, old-fashioned traditional hay ride.  Enjoy Halloween-themed games, bounce houses, concessions and much more at ZooBoo.  Gates open at 6pm nightly, first Haunted Hay ride leaves the depot at dusk.  Montgomery Zoo members receive a 50% discount on ZooBoo admission. 
  • Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov 8-14.  Join the Montgomery Zoo in thanking the proud men and women of the armed forces.  During Veterans Appreciation Week, all veterans, active duty military and their dependent family members receive a 50% discount on regular admission to the Montgomery Zoo and/or Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.  Participants must provide a valid military identification to receive discount.  Thank you for your service and dedication.   
  • Veterans Day, Nov 11.  Yes, the Zoo and Museum will be open on Veterans Day.  Hours of operation, 9am - 5:30pm, last tickets are sold at 4pm, last members to enter at 4:30pm, and everyone must exit the park at 5:30pm.  
  • Annual Members Board meeting, Nov 17.  All Montgomery Zoo members are invited to attend an annual board meeting to hear a state-of-the-zoo report, hear about future attractions and mix and mingle with our MAZS board members.  Meet is at Noon in the Mann Museum conference room.  Please RSVP your attendance by Tuesday, Nov 10 by calling (334) 240-4900 or emailing
  • Thanksgiving, Nov 26.  The Zoo and Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov 26 for Thanksgiving Day.  We will re-open Friday, Nov 27 at 9am.  
  • Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 3-6, 10-13 and 17-31, 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly.  Come see the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland sparkling with thousands of lights.  Take a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride or see the lights atop the Zoofari Skylift Ride.  Visit and have a picture taken with Santa thru Dec 23 and enjoy live, nightly seasonal entertainment.  And no winter's night would be complete without some hot chocolate and holiday treats from the Overlook Cafe.  Open 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly, pending weather. 
  • Christmas Day, Dec 25.  The Zoo and Museum will be closed during the day of Christmas; however, we will be open that night for Christmas Lights Festival.  We open at 5:30pm.  Come enjoy a wonderful Christmas evening at the Zoo. 
  • New's Year Day, January 1, 2016.  The Zoo and Museum will be closed January 1.  We will re-open on January 2 at 9am.  Happy Zoo Year everyone!   


Join us for Zoobilation, Thursday night, Sept 17
Dance under the stars, dine from some the best eateries in the region, enjoy cool, refreshing libations, bid the night away at our silent auction, and have lots of fun while helping a worthy cause.  Zoobilation is an annual fundraiser with proceeds from this year's event being contributed to the new Stingray exhibit and educational facility at the Montgomery Zoo.

Event details
     - Date: Thursday, Sept 17
     - Time: Beginning at 6pm
     - Place: Montgomery Zoo
     - Tickets: $50 per person

More information
BUY TICKETS NOW - All guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Watch promotional video


Giraffe calf Connye makes debut at Zoo, on display daily 9am - 4:30pm
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum proudly announce the birth of Connye, the zoo's newest giraffe calf.  She was born March 23, and made her public debut on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:30am during Mayor Todd Strange's Weekly Media Briefing.  After Connye's debut, she and her mother (Ashley) will be on display at the Giraffe exhibit daily 9am - 4:30pm, pending any animal husbandry needs.  

This is Ashley's first calf and Willie's (father) third calf.  Ashley is eight years old and Willie is nearly 12 years old.

Giraffe birth press release
Photo gallery from 
Story from WSFA
Story from Montgomery Advertiser


Animal Encounters

Everyone likes to see the animals, but at the Montgomery Zoo we bring you closer with our Animal Encounter stations.
  • Feeding the River Otters
  • Giraffe Encounter Post 
  • Petting Zoo
  • Elephant Keeper talk and Q&A
  • Lion Training Session
  • South American Flight Aviary
  • Asian Koi Fish Pond
  • Parakeet Cove

Rides, encounters and
other Zoo attractions
- Petting Zoo: Entry is FREE, Animal feed, $2 per bag. Located at the playground, open 10am - 4pm daily (pending weather).
- Lion Training session: 1:30pm daily at the Lion display adjacent to the Black Bear and Alligator Habitat.  Watch as keepers lead our two African lions through a series of target training exercises 
- Elephant keeper talk and Q&A session: 2:30pm daily at the double-decker, African elephant viewing station enjoy some interaction with one of our elephant keepers.  Learning interesting information about our three African elephants
- Giraffe Encounter Post: $3, open 10am - 4pm daily (pending weather and animal status)
- Miniature train: $3, open 9am - 5pm daily (pending weather)
- Parakeet Cove feed sticks: Entry is FREE. Feed sticks, $2 per stick, open 10am - 4pm daily (pending weather and animal status)
- Pedal Boat Rides: $8 for the first person, $10 for 2, $12 for 3 and $14 for 4, max of four people per boat, 30 minute ride, riders must be 40 inches tall. Seasonal hours: Please call (334) 354-6243 or (334) 240-4960 to ride boats.
- Zoofari Skylift Ride: $4 per ride, per person. All riders must be at least 32 inches tall.  Guests riding alone, must be at least 42 inches tall.  Open daily 10am - 4pm (extended hours to 4:45pm during school group season, pending weather).  

Jungle Drums
Check out back issues of Jungle Drums in easy to view, download and read PDF versions.  Share with your family, friends and fellow zoo lovers. 
   - Spring 2013 issue
   - Fall 2013 issue
   - Calendar 2014 issue
   - Spring 2014 issue
   - Fall 2014 issue
   - Winter 2014 issue
   - Calendar 2015 issue 
   - Spring 2015 - Zoo Weekend issue
   - Summer 2015 issue
   - Fall 2015 issue



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