Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Admission Plus Encounters

Why We Love This

  • Create new memories with your family
  • Learn about each animals' unique traits
  • Interact with our animals

Located in Gulf Shores, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is one of the most popular family attractions in the region. Also known as the "Little Zoo" for its starring role in the 2006 hit documentary series, The Little Zoo That Could on Animal Planet, this non-profit zoological park is home to over 500 animals, including 199 species, 31 sub-species and 8 endangered species. Please note: Encounters must be purchased with general admission (GA) tickets.

What You'll Do

Animal encounter add-ons available to purchase at additional cost to admission.

Kangaroo Encounter Hop on into kangaroo crossing and enjoy the opportunity to interact with one of Australia's favorite animal icons - the kangaroo - for an unforgettable experience.

Lemur Encounter Step inside the Lemur Playhouse for the chance to meet Madagascar's most endangered species. These highly social primates are sure to put a smile on your face as you get the chance to get up close and personal with them.

Sloth Encounter Do you love sloths? Have you ever wondered what their fur feels like? Then slow down and enjoy a visit with Sylvia and Sid or Speedy and Sonic.

Tamandua Encounter As lesser anteaters, they eat ants of course! But how do we feed them? Find out the answer to this question, and many others, with our tamandua encounter. Meet the Keepers that care for these incredibly interesting insectivores and learn about their environments, their movements and their diets.

Meeting Location

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542

When To Arrive

Please check in at our Gift Shop and present purchase confirmation. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST Daily - Last guest to enter park at 3:30 pm. Encounters close at 3 pm. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day) Ticket must be used before September 30, 2019.

Cancellations & Refunds

All sales are final. The ticket must be used before September 30, 2019.

"Zoo adventure "

September 28, 2019 - 

We enjoyed our trip to the zoo.The staff was very courteous and friendly. Handicap accessible and great for all ages.

"Very good but extremely hot.Needed an iv afterwards"

September 9, 2019 - 



September 7, 2019 - 

Our group is from Wisconsin, so being able to see different types of animals was awesome. Our favorite encounter by far was the lemur one!

"Wonderful experience "

August 17, 2019 - 

We did the lemur experience and absolutely loved it. The handler was knowledgeable and friendly and answered all our questions. My six year old said she’s found a new favorite animal! So glad we took the time to visit this awesome little zoo!

"Great Little Zoo"

August 15, 2019 - 

This was such a nice zoo, even for being so small. The keepers were great and the animals in the encounters were very interactive!

"Gulf Shores Zoo is an incrediable"

August 3, 2019 - 

When we got to the zoo we did not have any issues getting in, just showed the email and we were off visiting the animals. We were surprised with the activity level of the animals. We did a sloth encounter, the zoo staff were very knowledgeable about the sloth. We had a great time.

"Awesome "

August 1, 2019 - 

Great for kids and perfect size

"Great Zoo"

July 30, 2019 - 

Such a great zoo. So well maintained.. can’t wait to visit in your new location

"Fun little trip"

July 28, 2019 - 

The zoo was okay. They had a good variety of animals. It was hard to take pictures because of the types of cages. The wire was very obstructing to the view. We did the Lemur encounter and it was fantastic. It was worth the $12 extra. We also did the Sloth encounter and it was disappointing. They were asleep and there was no interaction. It should have cost a lot less than $12. All in all it was a good trip.

"We love this zoo!"

July 26, 2019 - 

I have taken my grandkids to numerous zoos, but this is by far their favorite. The staff is always so friendly and helpful. We love the encounters that allow the kids to get up close and personal with the animals and ask detailed questions of the handlers. Also, the animals are active and they are easily seen in their habitats.


July 16, 2019 - 

The encounters were great and the keepers were wonderful!

"It Was Ok"

July 16, 2019 - 

It wasn't much of a zoo

"Great Zoo"

June 27, 2019 - 

Had a great time at the zoo! Especially with the encounter attractions, it was awesome getting to interact with the animals. Plus great staff and nice people!


June 23, 2019 - 

We always enjoy coming to the zoo.! We had a hard time deciding which encounter to do... So glad we picked the lemurs!! They were cute, soft and very interactive.

"The best zoo!"

June 17, 2019 - 

We have always loved the "Little Zoo That Could" - it never disappoints. The animals always look so happy!

"Gulf Coast Zoo"

June 14, 2019 - 

Nice zoo! My grandkids enjoyed the interaction with the animals.

"Very nice zoo!"

June 12, 2019 - 

This was a fabulous experience. The zoo was clean and the animals looked very happy. The staff were very courteous and friendly. We will be back!

"What a great experience!"

June 12, 2019 - 

Amazing little zoo! I’ve never seen animals be that social with visitors. They’re obviously well cared for.

"Great little zoo"

June 5, 2019 - 

We really enjoyed our time here. Bought the animal food and feed several different ones. Did 2 of the animal encounters and it was well worth the money.

"Very good"

June 4, 2019 - 

Very nice and clean. My only complaint was parents having to pay to get a close up pictures of encounters of their kids. Charge for a picture or less for parents.

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