Unique event—brunch with elephants at The Zoo. Here’s how.


Trunks up for the coolest brunch ever! Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Zoo

It’s Sunday brunch, but instead of just your friends, you’re hanging out with real live elephants at the Birmingham Zoo. Interested? Read on to learn more, plus get your tickets.

Brunch with the Bachelors

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Spot that community partner 👀 Graphic courtesy of the Birmingham Zoo

Brunch with the Bachelors offers the unique opportunity to dine al fresco at the Boma Yard while the Birmingham Zoo’s three male elephants roam close by.

A full breakfast menu will be served buffet-style—and it wouldn’t be brunch without a cocktail! You’ll also find a cash bar offering Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

  • Host: Birmingham Zoo
  • Address: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL
  • Date: Sunday, March 15
  • Time: 10AM to 12PM
  • Cost: $70 Member | $75 Non-Member | $65 Child (5-12 years old)
  • Get tickets here

A Unique Experience

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Half-brothers Gadze and Luti share the same father. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Zoo

After breakfast, guests will be treated to a special elephant interaction with Animal Care Professionals. Get those throwing arms ready, because you’ll get to participate in a special feeding with the animals. Guests can learn what makes each of the bachelors unique and how the Birmingham Zoo cares for these magnificent animals.

Last but not least, guests to this extraordinary event will receive a commemorative gift and admission to the Zoo for the day.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Brunch:  10AM to 11AM | Boma Yard in Trails of Africa
  • Elephant Encounter and Behind-The-Scenes Group Tour: 11AM to 12PM | Elephant Lair

Meet the Bachelors


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The impressiveness of these animals stays the same whether you’re a kiddo or a grown-up. Photo via Bham Now

Bulwagi is the oldest of the three bachelors at 38 years old. He’s the largest of the group as well as the leader. All three are African Elephants, which means they’re large and gray with wrinkled skin, sparse hair and large tusks.


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Showing off all his behaviors to the crowd. Photo via Bham Now

Ingadze, nicknamed Gadze, was born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park on March 13, 2009—meaning his 11th birthday is just a few days before the event!

He and his half-brother Luti just came to Birmingham last summer. According to the Zoo’s Elephant Manager, this age is prime time to move male elephants.

“Our bachelor herd represents an important natural part of a male elephant’s life. Young bulls typically leave their maternal herds around the ages of 8-15 and can form bachelor herds with other young elephants, as well as loosely under the watchful eye of an older bull.

Gadze and Luti displayed behavior and fit the age range to make this important step and Bulwagi was here to bring them under his wing.”

Adam Brooks, Elephant Manager, Birmingham Zoo


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Gadze and Luti—I may be biased, but these are some pretty photogenic elephants. Photo via Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Luti was born on Valentine’s Day in 2010. His name, Lutsandvo, means “love” in the siSwati language. Although he’s a year younger than his half-brother, he’s actually a good bit larger.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity! Grab your tickets today. We’ll see you on March 15 with the Bachelors 🐘

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Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham

A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.

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