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Birmingham Zoo blazes new trails for African elephants

March 16, 2010

Where did you see your first lion? Or learn that monkeys came in so many shapes, sizes and colors? If you grew up in our community, you were probably at the Birmingham Zoo when the animal kingdom came out of the picture books and off the TV screen and into the real world.

Your Birmingham Zoo is more than a place to catch a glimpse of snakes and sea lions, kangaroos and kudus. On 122 acres just south of downtown Birmingham, the innovative staff is taking on a new initiative involving conservation and research with herds of young male elephants.

According to Zoo CEO William Foster, the Trails of Africa exhibit that is set to open next year will make the Zoo a national leader in care and conservation for threatened elephants, setting new benchmarks for their breeding in the United States. Visitors also will appreciate new treetop viewing opportunities and the chance to stroll and gain new insight into African culture as well as animal life.

Supported by grants from your Community Foundation and other donors, construction is already under way and you can view it from your seat on the Red Mountain Express. Take time to see it all, from the comic stars of the Sea Lion Splash Show to the Alabama animals that are part of the Junior League of Birmingham-Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo. Find out more on the Zoo website or click here to learn why this is one more great way to love our community.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2010 2:26 pm

    An alternative is to keep wild animals in the wild, and protect them in their natural home ranges.

  2. Elephant Man permalink
    March 11, 2012 11:37 pm

    Today would have been the birthday of Delhi, the last elephant to die at the Birmingham Zoo. I’d hoped she would be the last to die there.

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