Explore Nature At The Montgomery Zoo, And Natural History At The Mann Museum

    Looking for a fun family place to visit that is entertaining and education? Then be sure to check out the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama! The Montgomery Zoo has over 48 acres, the zoo boasts over 700 animals representing over 100 species. While it may be smaller than other zoos, the Montgomery Zoo offers just as much fun to enjoy. A unique feature about the Montgomery Zoo is the “barrier-free” enclosures. No fences or gates blocking your view, instead they make clever use of water features like moats to keep both humans and animals separated and safe. Bring along your camera because without fences you’ll be able to capture some wonderful photos of the animals.

    The zoo is divided into five main sections: Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia, which closes in the winter. Each section not only invites you and your family to enjoy these beautiful animals, but also learn about the conservation of these often endangered species. In the , “North America” has white-tailed deer, bison, big horn sheep, and elk. In the "Africa" enclosure there are zebras, kudus, and two types of gazelles. “Australia” is home to graceful emus, adorable kangaroos and wallabies, then across a “river” are the warthogs. Nearby by you’ll discover the lions, Bengal tigers, elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees, and black leopards.

    Also on site with the Montgomery Zoo is the Mann Museum that is dedicated to natural history, and has 250 exhibits, with over 70 life-size specimen and some interactive displays. The Montgomery Zoo has special packages available that include both a visit to the Zoo and the Mann Museum. The family packages are a great deal because they offer more access and often include special events and programs. This way you enjoy the best of both at an affordable price.

    After visiting with the animals take a break for lunch or a snack at the Overlook Café. Visit the exotic birds on exhibit, located just up the ramp, and enjoy great views of the Asia area and lions as well. And, another activity young children will enjoy is riding on the train that circles the park. With engaging programs that inspire us to promote the conservation of endanger species and exciting activities, a visit to the Montgomery Zoo is a fun filled day for families.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    Located at 2301 Coliseum Parkway, the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. To view current events, ticket prices, and learn more about special programs and discounts available visit www.montgomeryzoo.com or call (334) 240-4900.