Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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condo owner • S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 44 explore "People love getting to hold, touch, or feed an animal they otherwise would never come in close contact with," said Kayte Hogan, director of Zoo World in Panama City Beach. "We do encounters with baby lemurs, giraffes, even alligators, and there are almost always baby animals at the zoo." Snuggling with a baby lemur might be part of the zookeeper's job, but it's not why they do what they do, Hogan said. "We want to provide a good conservation message to our guests, especially for animals that are on the endangered species list. People need to understand how their daily actions might impact the animals' environment. When we're walking around the zoo with a cute baby animal in our arms or doing any of our keeper talks or presentations, we talk about the animals' home and remind people about animals that could go extinct if we don't change some of our habits." Zoo World is one of the oldest tourist attractions on the Gulf Coast, opening in 1947 and operating as the Snake-A-Torium until 1991. Hogan's family bought the facility three years ago and has been updating and renovating it ever since, first behind the scenes in the animal enclosures and then to the front end to make the zoo more visible to the public. Hogan has nearly 20 years of experience in the zoo industry, much of it in zoo renovation. In the U.S. today, more than 2,400 "animal exhibitors" are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which maintains strict controls over how zoos and marine parks treat their animals. The USDA conducts annual surprise inspections and accrediting agencies also inspect on a regular basis. But according to Patti Hall, director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, the public knows what it expects from a zoo. "People want to see animals that are happy and healthy. We're accredited, but no one has ever come in and asked about that. People want Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 251-943-7663 8300 Highway 59 • Foley, AL 36535 Fax: 251-943-1298 • www. Professional Installation Customized Fabrications Unparalleled Customer Service 12 Months Same as Cash Enhancing the Beauty & Value of Your Home

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