I have been going to the Birmingham Zoo since before I could even talk. When I was little I thought that it was just the coolest place ever, but now that I am older and have actually been to other zoos in cities such as Atlanta and New York City, I am aware that the conditions of the Birmingham Zoo are not all that great. I don't mean that the animals are being mistreated, I just mean that their habitats are outdated and could probably use enlarging. It's a cool place to go if you have never been, but if you are a big time zoo fan then you're not going to be impressed. The zoo is a great place for children though, there are lots of childrens activites, and from time to time there are animals that you can pet.