Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

 Join us for Christmas Lights Festival Dec 14-31 at the Zoo! HoHoHo! 
   - Visit with Santa, Dec 14-23 at Christmas Lights Festival
   - Christmas Lights Festival Bake Sale, Sat. Dec 16, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
   - Christmas Lights Festival open Christmas Eve and Christmas Night
   - Christmas Day, Dec 25, Zoo/Museum closed for daytime admission
   - Join us for Behind the Scenes & Animal Experiences -- see details

Giraffe KissThe Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum: Where Adventure Awaits You! 
Penetrate 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 elephants roam nearby. Join us for a fun-packed and educational adventure. Enjoy over 500 animal residents from five continental realms, all housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. The Zoo spans over 42 beautifully landscaped acres, offering guests magnificent views 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
      UNTIL SPRING 2018)

Behind the Scenes Experiences. 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 
Opening January 2018: 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 Montgomery Zoo facebook page. 

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

     - Give online today 

     - More info about Zoobilation
       and fundraising efforts

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. 
    All guests must exit the park by 5:30pm. 

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

Twilight Tuesdays: Every Tuesday during the month of August, (August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2017) our hours will be altered to 11am - 7pm, last admission at 6:30pm, and everyone must exit the front gates by 7:30pm. 

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

Overlook Cafe concessions 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 10:30am - 3:30pm.  Months March - May weekdays 10am - 2pm.


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) 625-4900
Security: (334) 354-6243
Gift Shop: (334) 625-4960
Mann Museum: (334) 625-4905
Overlook Cafe: (334) 625-4950
Memberships: (334) 625-4902
Education: (334) 354-6034
Field Trips: (334) 625-4902

After hours or an emergency call:  
(334) 354-6243

Physical address
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36110


Join us for Winter Holiday Camp, December 18-22
Zoo winter holiday camp is a fun-filled, educational wildlife experience.  Geared for kids 5-12 years old, boys and girls, full day camp, one week only.  Camp activities include scavenger hunts, behind the scene tours, live animal presentations, special one-on-one animal experiences, classroom projects, games, craft time, riding the train, and sky lift, hangout time with Santa, zookeeper talks and so much more -- all wrapped around the theme of REINDEER GAMES.  Parents can check out facebook posts to see daily activities and see pics of their kids.  Advanced reservations are required.   

Camp will be a full day camp, one week only (Dec 18-22), 8am - 5pm.  Drop off will be from 7:30am - 8am and pick up time will be from 5pm - 5:30pm.  Camp will be divided into two age groups: 5-8 year old and 9-12 year old.   

For more information or to register now online
CLOSED TO REGISTER. Last day to register for Zoo Winter Holiday Camp is Tuesday, Dec 12 at noon.  Hurry, hurry, do not delay!

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 concessions hours: Hours during Christmas Lights Festival, 11am - 9pm.  Regular seasonal 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 10:30am - 3:30pm.  Months March - May weekdays 10am - 2pm.  Click to view menu and place your lunch order  
  • Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 7-10, and 14-31, 5:30pm - 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 from atop the Zoofari Skylift Ride.  Visit Santa, enjoy the nightly live entertainment and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies.
  • Zoo Education Bake Sale, Dec 16, 5:30pm - 9:30pm, during Christmas Lights Festival.  Enjoy the tastes and smells delectable holiday delights and tasty treats while enjoying the lights of Christmas at the Zoo.  All baked good sales proceeds will be contributed to the Montgomery Zoo's Education Department.  
  • Zoo Holiday Camp. December 18-22, 7:30am - 5:30pm daily. Zoo holilday camp wis a fun-filled, educational wildlife and holiday experience.  Geared for boys and girls, 5-12 years old.  Campers will be split into two groups of 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds.  Campers will have fun learning about various animals, making holiday crafts and having a great time during their holiday break.  Montgomery Zoo members may start registering on Oct 2, 2017, and non-members can begin registering on Nov. 15, 2017.  Advanced reservations are required.  Last day to register for Zoo Winter Holiday Camp is Tuesday, Dec 12 at noon.  Hurry, hurry, do not delay!
  • Zoo closed on Christmas Day, Dec 25.  The zoo / museum are closed Christmas Day (daytime hours); however, the Zoo opens for Christmas Lights Festival 5:30pm - 9:30pm.   
  • Zoo closed on New Year's Day, January 1.  Zoo and Museum will re-open on January 2. 
  • View a complete list of all 2017 events


Four jaguar cubs on display daily, 9am - 1pm
The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum proudly announce the births of four jaguar cubs. The cubs were born on June 12, 2017 at the Montgomery Zoo. Join the Zoo in celebrating the debut of the cubs on Tuesday, August 8 at 3pm at the jaguar display located in the South American realm of the Zoo.

The cubs debut will coincide with the Zoo's Twilight Tuesday event. The Zoo and Museum will be open 11am - 7:30pm (last admissions at 6:30pm, and major animal exhibits begin closing at 7pm) on Tuesdays during the month of August to allow guests time to enjoy the park in the cooler evening hours. In addition to the cubs; debut on August 8, the Zoo will host Book Night, with readings of favorite children's books by Montgomery City/County Library representatives.

After the debut, the cubs will be out with their mom daily 9am - 1pm, pending animal husbandry needs and weather. On Tuesdays in August, the cubs will be on display 3pm - 7pm.

View and download press release

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 UNTIL SPRING 2018 $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. Open 10am - 4pm daily, seasonal hours: Please call (334) 354-6243 or (334) 240-4960 to ride boats.
- Zoofari Skylift Ride: December Christmas Lights Festival hours: 12pm (noon) until close). $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.

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