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The Gulf Breeze Zoo is turning 40!

The Gulf Breeze Zoo turns 40 on May 23! The Gulf Breeze Zoo opened on May 23, 1984 as the Zoo of Northwest Florida by the late Pat Quinn, Dr. Jim Potter, Bill Pullum and Bobby Switzer.

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To celebrate, the Zoo is hosting a day of special events and activities to celebrate the past present and future of the Gulf Breeze Zoo on Thursday, May 23. The first 400 visitors will receive a commemorative magnet.

The Zoo began with approximately 60 animals on 19 acres of land and is now a 50-acre attraction with more than 1200 animals representing more than 125 species of animals from around the globe. The Zoo’s history is a valuable part of the region’s rich heritage and an integral part of the community.

On Thursday, visitors will enjoy keeper chats throughout the day, as we also celebrate World Turtle Day, a scavenger hunt and much more! The official anniversary celebration will take place at 1 p.m. with remarks and cake.

As part of Zoofari Parks, the Gulf Breeze Zoo, along with the Alabama Safari Park, Texas Zoofari Park and the Virginia Safari Park, is dedicated to wildlife conservation through public education, captive breeding programs, habitat preservation and providing financial aid and assistance to projects in the fieldthrough the Zoofari Parks Conservation Grants (ZPCG) program.

Event details:

When:Thursday, May 23
Time:1 p.m. Remarks and Cake Cutting
Where: The Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway

Please visit https://www.gbzoo.com/events for more information or call 866.620.1825.

About The Gulf Breeze Zoo

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is one of four zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks Corporation, working in conjunction with the Alabama Safari Park, the Virginia Safari Park and the Texas Zoofari Park to provide aid to more than 135 countries around the world.

The Gulf Coast Areas award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 1200 exotic animals, many of them threatened and endangered. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Through admissions and animal encounters, each guest contributes to the conservation programs.

The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit www.GBZoo.com for event updates, seasonal hours and more.

About Zoofari Parks

Zoofari Parks – through its Virginia Safari Park, Gulf Breeze Zoo, Alabama Safari Park and Texas Zoofari Park, is dedicated to wildlife conservation through public education, captive breeding programs, habitat preservation, and providing financial aid and assistance to projects in the field. Funding for conservation programs is made possible through the continued support of zoo guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.