Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Playing With Tigers in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Lovingly Referred to as "The Little Zoo that Could" The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is in a class all it's own!
On a recent crisp December afternoon several friends from Ideaworks of Pensacola, Florida joined Bill Stromquist of the Board of Directors, Davenport Properties, Inc. Broker Alison Davenport and her daughter Austin to meet many of the newest members of the zoo family.
Pictured here is Austin feeding a one year old "snowey" bingal tiger that was raised by head zookeeper Cindi Johnson.
The AGCZ is the only zoo in the country that is home to all four types of bingal tigers - the snowey, golden tabby, golden and white.
Ms. Johnson has raised many tigers over the course of her tenure. Some have gone on to other zoos, some have even become entertainers with Sigfried and Roy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Currently she is raising Sita, a six week old white tiger who was her mother's first offspring and was rejected by her. Once she reaches a safe age, she will be transferred to a different facility. This is to protect the tigers from inbreeding that would undermine their health over time.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is located at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, Alabama and they can be reached at (251) 968-5732. When visiting the area, be it Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key or Pensacola, you owe it to yourself to make a trip to what Animal Planet calls "the little zoo that could". They even created a 13 part reality tv series about it!

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