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The Little Zoo That Could…Does!

Posted by brickmarkersusa on May 26, 2011

It was years in the making, but finally the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is a year away from unveiling its new home.  It will be the world’s first environmentally sustainable zoo.  The “Amazing Green Zoo” will be a benchmark project, attempting to leave as close to a zero-carbon footprint as possible. 

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo first gained national recognition in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan struck the coast forcing the zoo’s staff to perform a complete evacuation, the first in U.S.history.  After making it through and rebuilding the facility, a second and third evacuation was put into effect after Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina plowed through the coast.  That’s three evacuations in less than 11 months! 

In 2006 the zoo gained additional recognition during its road to recovery when Animal Planet filmed the documentary series, “The Little Zoo That Could.”  It opened the zoo’s doors to viewers across the country displaying the trials the staff and its animals were going through trying to rebuild after such devastation. 

As viewers became inspired by the zoo’s story, thousands of donations began to pour in giving the zoo the help it needed to get back in its feet.  Fourteen months after being completely destroyed the zoo was finally able to open its doors to the public yet again. 

Zoo Director Patti Hall and a tiger cub.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s Director, Patti Hall, was determined to protect her zoo from further devastation by looking into relocating the zoo a few miles inland, on flood-proof terrain.  Thanks to the 25-acre donation from Clyde Weir and his daughter, Andrea Weir Franklin, in 2006, that dream became a reality.  The property is four miles inland and will be the start of their green movement.  Currently an additional television show, “Amazing Green Zoo,” will be documenting Hall and her staff learning how to go green. 

But to continue this zoo’s progress they constantly need help.  In 2009 Brick Markers® began working with the Zoo Foundation to create the ultimate fundraiser to help them move to high ground.  Be a part of the Higher Ground Zoo Move Campaign and leave a lasting memory with a remarkable zoo.  Take a look at their order form that you can print from home and send it in.  

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is more than the little zoo that could, it is the little zoo that does!

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