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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

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Home to over 500 exotic creatures, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers close, personal encounters with animals in an intimate setting. Play with lemurs or cuddle a young kangaroo. Bears, lions, and leopards all reside on the 7 hectare (17 acre) site, where wide pathways allow for close-up views of the animals. Learn about the different species in the zoo by visiting the reptile house, aviary, and petting zoo. Animal shows take place daily, and reservations forĀ animal encounters are available at the gift shop. To visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo on your holiday in Gulf Shores, and find out what else Gulf Shores has to offer, use our Gulf Shores tourist route planner.
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  • This is a small zoo. It does have several animal encounters which are not included in the gate price. My kids did three and loved them. The lemurs were the best. You also have the option to buy cups o...  more »
  • Its small, but they take AMAZING care of their animals and are so friendly. The lemurs are cool, and feeding animals is fun. They do some amazing encounters, and have some amazing animals.  more »
  • The animals had poor habitats . Some of the animals had wounds. Most of the animals looked poorly cared for. The animals adventures that you can pay to participate in are awful. The animals are forced...  more »
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  • We've visited 3-4 times now, once per year while staying in the area. We like supporting it as a small zoo that obviously is doing its best to care for the animals and provide a quality life for them. Still, the exhibits don't change much from one year to the next, and with the small size we can see everything in a couple of hours. The best thing going for this place is the Animal Encounters which you can't do at larger zoos. So far we've seen/petted lemurs, sloths and anteaters, and we hope to see the kangaroos next time. The keepers are also more accessible for questions, rather than being in the back areas all the time. Hopefully funding will come through soon to enable them to build their larger facility a few miles away, where the animals can have more room.
  • We had so much fun at the zoo. The encounters were great. It's once in a lifetime experience to hold and pet and a baby kangaroo. The lemurs were so much fun. One of them sat in my sisters lap and took her sunglasses off of her head. He played with them for 5 minutes. They climb all over your shoulders. The sloth was ok. You don't actually get to hold them. You do get to feed them and run them. The goats are fun to feed. They stand on back two legs on top of fence. Overall wonderful. I would recommend the zoo. The adults had just as much fun as the 6 year old.
  • Second time to this zoo and my kids loved it again. Nice to be so close to the animals and the staff and facility do their best with what facilities they have. Everyone was very nice and were great with the kids. Thanks for a great visit and we will be back if not here then in your new location.
  • Pretty small but great for kids! Spend an extra $5 and you can go into the kangaroo pin to hold them, and pet them. Spend $10 extra and you can go into the lemur pin and play with them while they crawl all over you. It's a great experience for children and adults.
  • A great small zoo. You couldn't be closer to the action. Great variety. Particularly wonderful with young kids 4-6. Must do for families with young kids.