It seemed like once you paid to get in you then were asked to pay for everything else you would like to do. The Zoo was nice and well kept with the standard animals. Nothing too exciting but nothing terrible either.
I am a college student majoring in animal sciences, and I will consider applying here when I can. The animals have plenty of room to roam, and if you become a member, it is completely free to get in.I have been several times over the years. I do miss the ostriches, but overall it is a nice zoo.
Although its pretty pricy to get in (compared to what it used to be) its a really great place to spend the day! I especialy love it around Christmas time because they have all the lights out (they have them all out by Thanksgiving). It's been kept in good shape and they are constantly builing bigger and newer exhibits! (right now i believe they are working on a River Otter and updating the Bald Eagle exhibits) Outside the zoo is a little playground (great for picnincing before entering the zoo!) I love going to the zoo adn seeing the baby elephants and the baby rhino!!
I have a 5 yr old and a 2 yr old, this was by far the best zoo we have been to, the exhibits are well arranged, they have a great variety of animals, the kids play area could use a little work but overall great place
From where we live, it is equal distance to Zoo Atlanta or the Montgomery Zoo. We had been to Zoo Atlanta several times before finding our about this one, but after just one visit it was our family's definite favorite. It was a little hard to find the first time, as we did not get precise directions before we visited, expecting to see signs once we were close to Montgomery and there were not any. Once there, we were amazed by its size and the vast variety it displays. The Reptile House is small, but my kids make it a mission every time to find all of them hiding in their dispalys.
Because the rest of the zoo is arranged in "continents" you can already have an idea of the exhibits in that area if you know where animals are found in the wild. A few of the big cat exhibits seem small, but the animals appeared to be happy. Almost all, if not all, of the exhibits have a water feature, which helps with the very hot summers here. Most of the viewing areas can give you a real up close and personal view of the animals, being seperated by just a few feet. The new elephant exhibit is beautiful and the side of the elephant house is glass so you can get a look at them even if they are inside. A few years ago the Mann Museum also moved to the site, so you can buy a combo ticket to see both the zoo and the museum. The cost of the combo ticket and the train ride is still less than just admission to Zoo Atlanta!
We ended up buying a family pass on our second trip that includes the zoo, the museum, and even the train ride. We bring our own lunch and eat at the picnic area just inside the gate as soon as we get there usually, as the lines at the food pavilion can be very long and slow at peak times.
Often times there are keepers walking around with some of the smaller animals (birds and reptiles) and sometimes there are volunteers doing observations in the viewing areas. Both of these types of people have taught us about the animals we were viewing, even telling us one time when she overheard us say we could only see one of the Jaguars that the other one was inside with a new baby. After our most recent visit I was interested in the size of one of the lions and e-mailed the zoo when I got home (links available on their site). They answered my question quickly and completely. It might not be one of the most popular zoos or one of the flashiest, but it has our vote for the best zoo in this area!
It used to be a lot nicer and cleaner, seems to be getting worse. The reptile house has mostly boring animals, except one big lizard. There are no venomous snakes, the website says they have the most dangerous in the world. Don't try to have lunch there at the cafe during the day. The wait is EXTREMELY long. I waited once for 45 minutes in line and another 30 before I got my cold hamburger.
The zoo is actually a good zoo for a city the size of Montgomery. It seems a little high priced, especially for families with small children. Maybe it is self-supporting instead of using tax payer money, but it would be better if it were considered an educational institution with government funding.
Appeared to be very run down, although they are building an Elephant exhibit. It's not that it's just horrible, but for some reason when I think about it I just make this nasty face like I just ate a lemon.
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