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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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 45 explore a good, personal experience at a zoo, and that's what we strive to provide. Our close-up encounters are very popular at our current location and will be even better at our new, larger facility that we are working to open. We hope to have real news on that soon." The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo became famous as the "Little Zoo that Could," an Animal Planet TV documentary series that followed the zoo's struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Ivan, when keepers evacuated more than 200 animals inland and away from floodwaters that inundated the zoo. That experience led the zoo to its current big project: the construction of a 25- acre facility on Baldwin County Road 6 in Gulf Shores, well north of potential floods. The new zoo will provide numerous new attractions and themed areas with more opportunities for education and outreach. Most of the local animal parks are continually upgrading and adding new features. At the Gulf Breeze Zoo, a new free-flight South American bird exhibit opened in February, and according to their Facebook page, the zoo has welcomed several new babies over the past couple of years, including two new giraffes. Along with traditional enclosures, the zoo has 30 acres where a variety of exotic animals roam free, visible to the public from a new Safari Express train ride. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island, another longtime Gulf Coast attraction, opened in 1955 and was the first facility of its kind to feature what is common today, ► Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Zoo World

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