Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

    - Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 3-6, 10-13, and 17-31, 5:30-9:30pm
    - 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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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
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
    is 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


Lisa Matthews, Montgomery Zoo Animal Care Manager retires after 32 years of service 
It is a fond farewell that we celebrate Lisa Matthews retiring from 32 dedicated years of service to the Montgomery Zoo.  Lisa started as a zookeeper in November 1983 and worked up the ranks to become the Animal Manager in 1999.  Since then Lisa has overseen the keeper staff and our entire collection of animal residents at the Montgomery Zoo.  

Lisa will be greatly missed.  Please join all of us in thanking Lisa for her many years of dedication and loyalty to the Montgomery Zoo and the citizens of the River Region.  Congratulations Lisa.  

View press release 

Friends and family of the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum celebrates the life and legacy of George Patton Mann
A Memorial Service for George Patton Mann, 74, of Opelika, Alabama, will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Mann, who died November 16, 2015, in Opelika, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 27, 1940. He was preceded in death by his father, George Calloway Mann, and mother, Rosemary Patton Mann, of Opelika, Alabama, and two sisters Madeline Mann and Gloria Askew. George graduated high school from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1960 where he was a star athlete. George continued his education at Auburn University and received his bachelor's degree in business in 1964. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the track and field team where he received many honors and achievements. After graduation, he went on to work for Opelika Welding, Inc., a family owned company. He retired in 1999 as the owner and president. George is internationally known for his expertise in wildlife and conservation. He received the honor three times of being the Alabama Wildlife Conservationist of the year. He was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His love for the outdoors began when he was a boy, and he developed a lifetime passion for hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was being able to pass his knowledge on to others. George had the pleasure of taking numerous people to kill their first deer and/or turkey. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lucretia Yoe, who was a native of Talladega, Alabama; two daughters and their spouses, Sandy and Ricky Scott Brown of Opelika, Alabama, and Luanne Mann and Chau Nguyen, of Fresno, California; one son and daughter-in-law, Caroline and George Earl Mann, of Auburn, Alabama; five grandchildren, Jacob Ellington Brown, Patton Mann Brown, Rosemary Cook Mann, George Thompson Mann and Sarah Cosby Calloway Mann; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored. Visitation will be Friday, November 20, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, First United Methodist Church of Opelika or Haddie's Home. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is directing.

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!
  • 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!   


Ho Ho Ho at the Montgomery Zoo... Christmas Lights Festival, December 3-6, 10-13, and 17-31, 5:30-9:30pm nightly
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 Adventure Ride.  Visit and have a picture taken with Santa thru December 23 and enjoy the live, nightly, seasonal entertainment.  And no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and holiday treats from the Overlook Cafe.  Christmas Lights Festival is open 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly, pending weather.  

Christmas Lights Festival will be open Christmas Eve (Dec 24), Christmas night (Dec 25) and New Year's Eve (Dec 31).  

View promotional video
View press release
View entertainment schedule, as of Nov 19, 2015

For more information, discounts and admission fees.


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: $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 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
   - Winter 2015 issue



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