Gulf Shores Zoo
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is tucked away just blocks from the beautiful white sandy beaches in Gulf Shores Alabama. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animals. Lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, and macaws are just some of the amazing creatures that inhabit the Gulf Coast Oasis. Also, there’s a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary and daily animal shows throughout the summer. Besides that, the zoo may have baby tigers on display and available for special encounters.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo relies solely on admissions, memberships, and contributions to remain in business. The Zoo’s incredible struggle against three hurricanes in 14 months attracted the attention of the TV show Animal Plant. This battle with nature was the prime time reality television series called “The Little Zoo That Could.” The show, was shot on location at the Gulf Shores Alabama facility. Zoo director Patti Hall was featured on the show. Patti Hall and her staff evacuated the animals for all three Hurricanes. The show profiled these evacuations and the staff’s efforts to rebuild and reopen the 17-acre facility.
Each year children invade “The Little Zoo That Could” for the annual Zoo Camp. Zoo Camp is typically held in the month of June. Campers include elementary school age children (ages 5 to 11) who have full day sessions (9:00 to 3:00). Most noteworthy, Zoo Camp is conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. They help the children understand and respect for the animal kingdom. Furthermore, the children meet the animal care-takers and greet a few animal residents. Also, this camp features numerous hands-on education and fun activities. For information, go to www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com/zoo-camp/.
Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo during your stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Therefore, you can enjoy seeing these beautiful animals during your visit.