Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

     - Jaguar cubs on display daily, 9am - 2pm in SA realm. Read more  
     - Thanksgiving Day, Nov 27, the Zoo and Museum will be closed
     - Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 4-7, 11-14, 18-31, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
     - Top 8 things to do in Montgomery: Check it out


Giraffe KissPenetrate deep into the jungles of South America. Travel the savannahs 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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Santa and Zoobeedoo need your help!
Christmas Lights Festival is coming soon and we need entertainers, singers, dancers, acting troupes, cheer and baton squads, church and school choirs, school groups, youth groups, bands, story tellers, puppet masters, DJs, and more.  This is your chance to strut your stuff in front of a whole new audience and celebrate the holiday season.  

Individuals and groups are invited to showcase their family friendly, holiday-themed talent during the Montgomery Zoo's Christmas Lights Festival.  We need performers on the nights of December 14 and 20-31.  Performance time slots are 6pm, 7pm and 8pm at the Overlook Cafe.  We typically ask performers to entertain for 45 minutes.  Also, all entertainers gain FREE ADMISSION to Christmas Lights Festival on the night of their performance; which admission includes a train ride.  And if you have friends and family that wish to come see you entertain the crowds, they can purchase Christmas Lights Festival tickets at a 50% discount (this discount applies only with advanced reservation and advanced ticket purchases). 

For more information or to book your slot, please contact our Entertainment Coordinators, Tami LaBahn at tlabahn@montgomeryal.gov or Christy Wells at cwells@montgomeryal.gov.  You may also call them at (334) 240-4900.

Christmas Lights Festival dates are: Dec 4-7, 11-14 and 18-31, 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly.  






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.  



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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
    exhibits 
begin closing at 4:30pm daily.

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

Phone contacts
Main:
(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


 



Enter the 2015 Montgomery Zoo Calendar contest!
Be part of the Montgomery Zoo 2015 Calendar contest.  Submit photos of you, family members and friends while visiting the Montgomery Zoo; great pics of the animal residents at the Zoo; perhaps you at one of our animal encounters; visiting one of our special events; touring the Mann Museum; or even an original piece of artwork (colorings, paintings, drawings, etc.). 

If you submit your entry digitally, please make sure the file is at least 11x8.5 inches (horizontal format), 350dpi resolution and saved as a JPG, TIF or PSD format.  

Entry contestants will win valuable zoo prizes.  For more information or to submit an entry, please email zooinfo@montgomeryal.gov or call (334) 240-4900.  Mail entries to 2015 Calendar Entry, Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery, AL 36110.

Deadline for entries is Dec 15, 2014.  Make sure to include all contact information with entry.  All entries will be returned after the calendar is printed. 



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.   
  • New Overlook Cafe, Newly remodeled, open daily and serving meals, snacks and cool treats daily, 10am - 3pm, view menu and place your lunch order
  • Annual Members' Board Meeting, Tuesday, Nov 18 at noon, held at the Mann Museum conference room.  All Montgomery Zoo members are invited to attend.  Hear the state-of-the-zoo report while also learning about new and future projects at the Zoo.  Please RSVP your attendance by emailing zooinfo@montgomeryal.gov or by giving us a call at (334) 240-4900.
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov 27, 2014, the Zoo and Mann Museum will be closed.  The Zoo and Mann Museum will re-open for regular business hours on Friday, Nov 28 at 9am. 
  • Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 4-7, 11-14 and 18-31, 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly.  See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland sparkling with thousands of seasonal lights.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride or see the lights atop the Zoofari Skylift Ride.  Visit with Santa thru Dec 23, enjoy live entertainment and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate.  NOTE: Christmas Lights Festival is an evening event at the Zoo.  All zoo animals will be in their night quarters during the event. 
  • Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec 25, 2014, the Zoo and Mann Museum will be closed; however, the Zoo will re-open that night for Christmas Lights Festival at 5:30pm.  
  • New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan 1, 2015, the Zoo and Mann Museum will be closed.  The Zoo and Mann Museum will re-open for regular business hours on Friday, Jan 2, 2015 at 9am.

 


 

 

Christmas Lights Festival, Dec 4-7, 11-14 and 18-31, 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 atop the Zoofari Skylight Adventure Ride.  Visit Santa thru Dec 23, enjoy the nightly live entertainment and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate from the Overlook Cafe.  Open 5:30pm - 9:30pm nightly.  

Open Christmas Eve and Christmas night, Dec 24 and 25.  

Winter Holiday Laser Adventure presented by the Gayle Planetarium showing at the Montgomery Zoo’s Christmas Lights Festival, opening night and the three Friday nights before Christmas (Dec. 4 - 5, 12 & 19) at 6:30pm and 7:30pm.   In cooperation with Rick Evans, W. A. Gayle Planetarium in Oak Park and Troy University, the Montgomery Zoo will be presenting a Winter Holiday Laser Adventure on the opening night and the three Friday nights before Christmas (Dec. 4-5, 12 and 19) of Christmas Lights Festival, 6:30pm and 7:30pm.  This laser light adventure will be played on a big screen with dynamic sound and will brighten the eyes of all ages.  The show is approximately 40 minutes long and will be a great addition to everyone’s Christmas Lights Festival experience.  

IMPORTANT ANIMAL NOTE:  Christmas Lights Festival is an evening event at the Montgomery Zoo.  All zoo animals will be in their night quarters during the event.

Admission and more information: Day and night time admission rates available.
Entertainment schedule (as of Nov 20, 2014)
                


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: $4 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

 

 







  
  Latest News
Closed Thanksgiving Day

27-Nov-2014

Event: Thanksgiving Day -- Zoo and Museum CLOSED Date and Time: November 27, 2014..    Read More...
Christmas Lights Festival 2014

04-Dec-2014

Event: Christmas Lights Festival 2014 Date and Time: December 4-7..    Read More...
Closed Christmas Day

25-Dec-2014

Event: Christmas Day -- Zoo and Museum CLOSED Date and Time: December 25, 2014 ..    Read More...