In 2004, Hurricane Ivan wiped out the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, forcing the evacuation of every animal and bird in the facility. Zoo keepers and volunteers moved the animals out, one by one, and transported them to individual safe houses further inland. The entire hurricane evacuation was a nightmare. But things will be different now if a storm threatens Pleasure Island.
“If we have a hurricane, all we have to do is lock them down in the Category 5 night-houses and spend the night at the zoo,” says zoo director Patti Hall.