What started off as a dream several years ago is finally coming to fruition for an Enterprise family.
“We started on this project about three years ago, wanting to bring family, fun, education and entertainment to the Wiregrass area by sharing our love for animals,” said Jennifer Koehler.
Today, they are paving the way for the new Wiregrass Animal Kingdom Zoo, hosting a variety of birds and other animals you may not see every day.
“We really have to thank the whole community for helping to bring this in. We looked at 52 different locations before we picked Enterprise, Alabama,” said Hank Koehler.
They currently host 20 different species, with plans to have up to 70.
“We actually have two zoos in Michigan that are holding about 300 and something different animals for us right now to keep at their zoos while we’re working on this project that will be moving down to the area when we open up.
In the meantime, he said there’s lots of work to do, in terms of buildings, permits and meeting all the regulations.
“We also have the Wiregrass Renaissance Fair that’s coming up January 14 and 15, that will have jousters, we will have Knights of Valour Jousting Troup, which was featured on A&E,” Jennifer said.
They will do a soft opening for the zoo next summer and a grand opening in 2018. An open house was held on December 9 and another one is scheduled for December 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, with Santa and lots of activities.
The Wiregrass Animal Kingdom is also accepting donations. The address is 2529 County Road 617, Enterprise, AL, and the phone number is 251-213-5763.