GULF SHORES, AL- "The Little Zoo That Could" will be moving to a bigger and better location.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will open its new, 25 acre facility north of the Intracoastal Waterway on County Road 6 in Gulf Shores in the spring of 2018.
The current zoo is no longer big enough to accommodate the animals and the crowds. Plans to relocate and build a new zoo go back more than a decade when Hurricane Ivan flooded the property and forced zoo keepers to evacuate the animals.
The new location will expand the property from four and half acres to 25 acres. 100 parking spaces will become 400.
The zoo will feature five themed areas with new attractions like an events center, full-service restaurant, rides, playgrounds, splash pads and a wedding pavilion.
Building the new zoo will cost about 16 million dollars.
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