It’s a long time coming.  Officials at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will be breaking ground at a new location later this afternoon.

 “The Little Zoo That Could” received national attention after several high profile evacuations ahead of approaching hurricanes.  The zoo sent a news release Monday saying in part:

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

They say the zoo will provide more spacious accommodations to the 600 plus animals there along with entertainment, shopping, and dining options.  

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.