Giraffes, the newest addition to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Baldwin County

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has welcomed a pair of giraffes to their menagerie in Gulf Shores.

Eight-year-old Benjamin, fondly referred to as “Big Ben” and his companion 4-year-old Akayla are already in their home at the brand new location of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo on County Road 6 in Gulf Shores. “We have a brand new giraffe exhibit and giraffe barn. We’re looking forward to introducing those to our guests.”

The gentle giants seem to be acclimating to their new environment quite well and are getting plenty of special treatment with hopes the pair will start a family. “We hope so, that’s the goal.”

This is the final stretch of construction before the new location opens in February and that will happen under the leadership of new zoo director Joel Hamilton who comes from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. “We do aim to continue that intimate experience that you have at the other facility where people have the opportunity to talk with staff and have unique encounters with animals.”

Big Ben and Akayla are sure to be a big part of that unique experience.

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