Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

    - Skylift Adventure ride closed Monday thru Friday, February 8-12, 2016
        (In February 2016, the skylift will be closed during the week, but open on weekends)

    - Animal Enrichment Day Winter, Saturday, Feb 20, 10am - 2pm
    - Zoo Weekend Event, Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, 9am - 6pm
    - NEW Behind the Scenes & Animal Experiences -- see details
    - Giraffe calf Connye on display daily at the Giraffe Encounter
    - 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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Zoo Weekend volunteers needed, March 12-13
The Montgomery Zoo's annual spring time fundraiser is coming up soon.  In fact the dates for Zoo Weekend are: Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, 9am - 6pm daily.  In order for the Zoo to have a successful event, we greatly depend on good-hearted and dedicated volunteers.  

What do volunteers do during Zoo Weekend?  Good question.  We need volunteers of all sorts.  All volunteers must be at least 13 years old to volunteer.  If you are 13-15 years old, you must have a parent and/or legal guardian volunteer with you.  Available positions include:
     -- Helping at the kid's games
     -- Bounce houses and slides
     -- Face painting
     -- Loading/unloading at the train
     -- Loading/unloading at the skylift
     -- Cleaning tables
     -- Picking up trash
     -- Helping at the Giraffe Encounter
     -- Monitoring Parakeet Cove
     -- Helping at the Pedal Boats
     -- Gift Shop sales tent

Time slots?  During Zoo Weekend, we need approximately 160 volunteers per day.  We have two shifts available:
     -- Morning: 8am - 2pm
     -- Afternoon: 1pm - 6:30pm
If you are interested in working multiple shifts, that is great.  This is great way to earn volunteer hours/credit for school projects or military community hours.

All shifts are provided a lunch and drink.  If you have special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own.  
Where do I sign up?  Please see the link below, and complete the Volunteer application, click submit and a Zoo representative will be contacting you soon to schedule your time at Zoo Weekend.  Thank you in advance, and we can't wait to see you at Zoo Weekend!
     -- Apply to be a Zoo volunteer

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

Behind the Scenes Experiences begin Saturday, September 5. We are looking forward to sharing this wonder experience with our Montgomery Zoo members and visitors.  

More detailed info and registration.

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
Zoo and Museum 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. 
    Last admission to the

Mann Museum open daily 7 days per week, 9am - 5:00pm daily. Last admission to the Museum is at 4:30pm.

*** 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


Congratulations Joseph and Becca, Docent and Zooteen
of the Year! 
Tuesday night, January 26, the Montgomery Zoo proudly honored the Education volunteers with a cowboy-themed party and banquet.  Participants enjoyed a campfire-style dinner, awards program and square dancing lessons.  The highlight of this annual event is the announcement of the Docent and Zooteen of the Year.  This year’s recipients are Joseph Massey and Becca Frederick.  

Joseph Massey has been a volunteer in the education department since 2004.  He is an environmental science graduate from Auburn University of Montgomery.  Joseph currently volunteers several days a week helping to take care of the animals and maintain exhibits.  He is a level 4 handler which means he is able to handle and work with all the animals in the department.  His favorites are the rats, Chris and Holly.

Becca Frederick is a 14 year old Zooteen who has been with the department since January of 2015.  During this time, she has learned about and tested to handle all the animals through level 2.  Becca is a homeschool student who usually volunteers on Saturdays, but is always willing to come in and help other days of the week if she is needed.  Her favorite animal is Anakin the sugar glider.

Congratulations Joseph and Becca.  And thank you to all of the Zoo's Education volunteers for their countless hours of dedication to the animals of the Montgomery Zoo and the River Region community. 

Are you interested in joining the team of wonderful Education volunteers?  We would definitely love to have you join the team.  
     -- Zooteen info and application
     -- Docent info and application

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 

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!
  • Animal Enrichment Day Winter, February 20, 2016, 10am - 2pm. From zoo animals to our pets at home and even including us humans, we all need enrichment: a chance to smell a new scent, taste a new flavor, play a new game or figure out a puzzle.  Enrichment is an effort to tap into ans stimulate our basic five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing.  
  • Volunteer Appreciation Brunch, February 27, 2016, 10am - noon, in the Mann Museum.  Brunch and banquet celebrating and rewarding the Zoo's loyal and dedicated volunteers.  All Montgomery Zoo volunteers are welcome to join.  After brunch, volunteers will be treated to a day in the Zoo to enjoy time with family and friends.  Admission to this event is by invitation only.
  • Zoo Weekend -- Zoo's Annual Spring Fundraising Event, March 12-13, 9am - 6pm daily.  Festive environment with live entertainment, live animal presentations, games and rides for all ages, concessions, and exotic animals from around the world.  Enjoy the many activities, fantastic food and have great family fun together at an affordable price.  Also, it is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of discounted memberships and a fun time to volunteer at the Zoo. 
  • Earth Day Safari, April 19-20, 9am - 2pm daily.  Designed with school groups in mind, the Zoo's Earth Day Safari is a fun and educational field trip for students.  Students and teachers can participate in an Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt, play Earth Day Trivia games, see live animal presentations, enjoy one-on-one animal experiences and keeper talks.  Group discounts available, advanced reservations required.    
  • Dino Dig, Education Program, April 30, 2016, 10am - noon.  Go on an archaeological dig and discover bones from the past.  Make new discoveries and new friends.  Geared for boys and girls, ages 4-12 years old.  Fees and advanced reservations are required.    


Animal Enrichment Day Winter, Saturday, February 20, 10am - 2pm
See the Montgomery Zoo animal residents enjoy a day of new stimuli, treats, games, puzzles, rewards, snacks and surprises on the Winter edition of Animal Enrichment Day, Saturday, February 20, 10am - 2pm.  

Zoo animals, your pets at home and even us humans enjoy enrichment; new interactions, new smells, tastes, new mental challenges and more.  During this event, enrichment items will be placed in various animal habitats, and the staff and guests will sit back and see how the animals react and participate.  The goal of these exercises is to stimulate our animals natural behaviors, challenge their mental skills and excite their five senses (touch, smell, taste, see, and hear).  

Enjoy a beautiful day at the Zoo while seeing the animals learn, entertain and be rewarded.  


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: CLOSED FOR WINTER MONTHS  $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: $5 per ride, per person. All riders must be at least 32 inches tall.  Guests riding alone, must be at least 42 inches tall. Open 10am - 4:45pm daily, 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
   - Winter 2015 issue
   - Calendar 2015 issue



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