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Inspiring Education & Conservation

What better way to learn about animals and how we humans can become better stewards of Earth’s wildlife than visiting a zoo? The animals of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo are the cornerstone and inspiration for every educational program we offer.

Our mission is to offer zoo guests of all ages educational experiences that are accessible, engaging, and meaningful. That means providing current, science-based information about our animals and, most importantly, awareness about the real threat of mass extinction our planet’s wildlife faces over the next decades. We want to teach all who are interested how conservation can help prevent this from happening. We have 22 Endangered Species at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and they are a vital part of this education.

About Our Endangered Species

With over 200 animals, there couldn’t be better learning opportunities: for families, school groups, and community or organization events for anyone interested in the wonderful creatures we share this planet with.


Calling all Campers! - Registration for Summer Camp is Now Open

AGCZ Summer Zoo Camp will run for 6 week-long sessions beginning the week of June 10-14 and concluding the week of July 22-26. Day camp hours are 8:30 am- 3:30 pm. Camps are available for grade K-6th (register for the year your camper recently completed in school). Campers will learn information based around the camp’s theme, have up-close and hands-on experiences, create take-home crafts, and so much more! Registration closes on May 10, 2024- sign up now!


Attention Class!

When you think about it, a zoo is the coolest classroom ever, and we love when School Groups come to visit. Learning about animals is never boring when you’re feeding an alpaca that just might spit on your shoe! We provide fun, fascinating, science-based facts about our zoo animals, and inspire kids to learn the importance of wildlife conservation. All it takes is an advance reservation…

Zoo Ambassadors

Our local communities play a very important role in life at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Our Community Outreach Program is a way for us to bring our Ambassador Animals to a variety of happenings beyond the zoo’s gates, everything from municipal activities and holiday celebrations to charity fundraisers and civic organization events. 

Hands-on Learning

Interacting with some of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s most gentle and friendliest creatures in our Animal Adventures program is an educational experience beyond compare. Under the guidance of our keepers, we’re able to engage each participant and teach them about the animal species in its natural habitat and status in the wild, its life at the zoo, and so much more.

Keepers Show & Teach

Ask a zookeeper what they like best about their job - other than caring for animals - and their answer is always teaching kids (grown-ups too) about animals. Through our many Keeper Talks & Stage Shows, education + entertainment = laughs and lots of oohs and aahs about animals that may inspire another generation of zookeepers!