Baldwin County

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo plans long anticipated groundbreaking

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) - After years of delays and anticipation, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will break ground at its new location Tuesday afternoon.  "The Little Zoo That Could" received national attention after several high profile evacuations ahead of approaching hurricanes.  

The groundbreaking officially kicks off construction of the 25-acre zoo as it has received long-awaited funding from the issuance of a construction bond, allowing the zoo to be built through completion in late 2019. Also to be announced is the launch of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s new capital fundraising campaign, BUILD YOUR ZOO, which provides complete details about the new zoo project at


As the first AZA-accredited U.S. zoo to be built from the ground up in more than 20 years, the zoo will be able to not only provide a more spacious modern haven for our more than 600 animals at our new location, but also include theme-park family entertainment, event venues, gourmet dining, shopping and educational programs.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will take place Tuesday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the new the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo located at 20499 Oak Rd. in Gulf Shores.


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