A new beginning for “The Little Zoo that Could”.
“This is not the first time we had a groundbreaking or whatever out here and we felt strongly that we needed to make things happen,” says project manager Joey Ward.
A new vision for the zoo revealed Monday night for what will be a premiere destination. “Nobody wanted to see another shovel dig dirt,” says Ward, “they wanted to see something happen, see something spectacular.”
It seems to have worked. “I think it’s wonderful,” says guest Pedro Mandoki. “I’ve been involved with it since before. The zoo brings so much to the area.”
For almost a decade there have been stops and starts on the 25 acre site that was donated after a hurricane season that saw three evacuations of the zoo’s 300 animals. “They have made a huge amount of progress and it’s so good to see something finally developing,” says guest Guy Busby. “Getting moved to a new location it’s going to be a major attraction.”
The invitation only event marks a new chapter for the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
“We want them to support what we are doing,” says zoo board president Steve Jones. “We didn’t ask anyone for a checkbook tonight. Just be excited about what we’ve finally got done. This is going to happen.”
The new zoo will not only have exhibits for the animals but theme park style attractions, meeting space and an amphitheater.
Construction is expected to take two years to complete.