Learn More about Birmingham Zoo on BPL's" Ask the Zoo" Program July 2

Today, Thursday, July 1, is American Zoo Day, a date set aside to celebrate public zoos across the United States.

American Zoo Day commemorates the grand-opening of America's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, on July 1, 1874. The first year the Philadelphia Zoo had 813 animals and 228,000 visitors. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo has over 1,300 animals and receives more than 1.2 million visitors a year. 

If you want to learn more about some of the fascinating animals at the Birmingham Zoo, then sign up for the Birmingham Public Library's "Ask the Zoo!" virtual program taking place via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2.  

Join workers from the Birmingham Zoo live for a virtual meet and greet with some of its ambassador animals! You’ll get the chance to see the animals up close and personal while learning about them and their counterparts in the wild. 

Please email heather.mcwilliams@cobpl.org to receive the Zoom information needed to participate in this program. 

Ask the Zoo! is among over 40 programs and 14 craft activities taking place as part of BPL's 2021 Summer Learning.