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Gopher Tortoise Day

April 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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As part of Farm Day on Saturday, April 17 from 10am until 2pm, please join your Birmingham Zoo in helping to also celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day! The gopher tortoise lives in the coastal plains of south Alabama and falls under both state and federal protection. The gopher tortoise is a keystone species in the longleaf pine ecosystem! Being a keystone species means that an astounding 360 plus species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects depend on gopher tortoise burrows for their survival, seeking refuge, and spending all or a portion of their time in either active or abandoned burrows. Mark your calendar and join us at Farm Day to learn more about gopher tortoises!  Festivities are included in the price of general admission for the day and free for Zoo Members.


10am – 2pm

  • Gopher Tortoise table from 10am-2pm
  • Two (2) visits from Ernie the Gopher Tortoise – tentative times are 11:15am and 1pm


  • Face Masks must be properly worn inside the Zoo during your entire visit, especially while participating in animal encounters.
  • All Visitors & Members over the age of six (6) to the Birmingham Zoo will be required to wear face masks for the protection of other animals, staff, and guests.
  • Children under six (6) years old are not required to wear face masks
  • Zoo Staff are required to wear face masks and maintain other heightened safety protocols

WHY? In accordance with City of Birmingham ordinance mandating the wearing of face masks in public places, the Birmingham Zoo supports efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, and we recognize that the best way to prevent the COVID-19 illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.  The Birmingham Zoo follows, and expects our guests and members to follow, all applicable government ordinances. *Visitors can purchase face masks at each ticket booth and in our gift shops. 


**Gopher Tortoise Day and Farm Day festivities are included in Zoo admission for the day!
Purchase general admission and/or reserve free Member tickets, HERE



April 17, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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