Coming soon: New zoo heading to Limestone County

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 11:22 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE CO., Ala. (WAFF) - North Alabama will have new furry friends coming to town, becoming the home of a new zoo.

North Alabama Zoological Society held a press conference on August 10 regarding an agreement to purchase two properties to develop the first modern zoo park in the Tennessee Valley.

NALZS says the development will be accessible to all communities across North Alabama from US-72, US-31 and exits from I-565 or I-65 at the Huntsville-BrownsFerry exit.

North Alabama’s new furry friends will live on 279 acres of land located north of Martin Line Road and I-65 south of Tanner. The second property will be located north of the city of Madison along Limestone Creek.

“We have been working on the project for the last two years setting the groundwork for creating a much-wanted experience in our area,” said NALZS Executive Director Ethan Woodruff. “Other regions and communities our size have them, now is the right time for North Alabama to get one.”

Read the full release below:

According to the North Alabama Zoological Society, 500 acres of land have been set aside to build the zoo in North Alabama. The land will be split into two properties with one property housing the zoo and aquarium. The other will feature a research and education center.

The zoo will also include an entertainment district, an “Alabama Natives” area and a “Cosmic Jungle”. The edges of the zoo are expected to be a part of the adventure trek and will feature horseback riding in Yellowstone, ATV riding in the Savanna, and so much more, according to NAZLS.

A projected map of the zoo, currently unnamed, has been released:

Map of zoo coming to North Alabama
Map of zoo coming to North Alabama(North Alabama Zoological Society)

Executive Director of NAZLS, Ethan Woodruff said he expects Phase 1 of the zoo to open in 2024.

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