Privacy Policy

ALABAMA GULF COAST ZOO PRIVACY POLICY/TERMS OF USE

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors, members and donors through the use of this website and all related domains owned and operated by The Zoo Foundation, Inc. dba The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com, www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org, www.buildyourzoo.org.

This Privacy Policy is used to inform our website visitors as to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s policies regarding the collection, storage, use and disclosure of personally identifiable information you may provide to us via a computer, smartphone, or other devices.

In addition, we closely safeguard the privacy of children and do not gather any more personal information than necessary to allow for participation in specific zoo programs, activities or events. Anyone under the age of 13 is prohibited from providing any identifiable information to our website without the consent and assistance of a parent or legal guardian in order to perform any online transactions.

Personally Identifiable Information Collection

We only collect personally identifiable information when you submit it voluntarily to our website. At the time you conduct a purchase, make a donation yourself or in memory of someone, sign up or register for a promotion or any of our educational or membership programs, we may collect and store your name, email and postal addresses, phone number, credit/debit card numbers and other relevant personally identifiable information. This information is required to provide services that you request and to inform you of additional services about which you may be interested.

Additionally, we use your personally identifiable information to improve our marketing, development and promotional efforts, to statistically analyze site usage, to make improvements and to customize our site’s content to better serve you. We may also use your information to deliver additional information to you that is intended to target your identified interests; in particular, we may use your email address or mailing address to contact you regarding notices, offerings and communications relevant to you on this site.

Anonymous Information Collection

This information is automatically transmitted by your browser from whatever device (computer, smartphone, tablet) you are using to visit our website. It can consist of: the URL (or address) of the web page you previously visited, the domain names and/or IP addresses of the computer you are using; and your browser software and operating system. This information is used to monitor site usage and traffic patterns of our customers in order to improve our website. We also collect anonymous demographic information, which does not identify specific individuals, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

Third Parties

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties for marketing purposes. We may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, we may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries of items you purchase through our website. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Use of Cookies

As a method of tracking the use of our website and to enable certain functions, such as filling out our online forms, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo utilizes the web technology known as cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer that contains certain information about the user to track the pages you have visited, track user traffic patterns, recognize your computer’s browser when you return, and can contain user ID or personalized content without requiring sign-ins each time you visit our site. The use of cookies contains no personally identifiable information while you visit our site. Once you close your browser, or once you are logged off our site, the cookie function ends. You can configure your browser not to accept cookies. If so, you can still use our site, but your use will be limited.

Links to Other Sites

Our site may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites you may access while using our site. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy of any website you link to after leaving ours.

Security

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo takes precautions to secure the personally identifiable information you provide when using this site from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is submitted through order, contribution or registration forms or to make purchases, that information is protected through the use of the encryption software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Photography

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo reserves the right to photograph, videotape, or film our visitors on Zoo grounds, which may appear on this site for promotional and marketing purposes. We encourage guests to take photos for their own personal enjoyment. However, it is strictly prohibited to commercially use, or reproduce in any form, photography of our facility, animals, staff, or any zoo events that take place on the zoo grounds or at off-site venues, without the written consent of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Submission of Materials

Should you submit, upload, or post your personal photographs or video/film materials to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo website or its associated domains or services (via links to our social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as submissions (Submission), it is acknowledged that you do so voluntarily. In doing so, you are granting the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, its affiliated companies and necessary sub-licensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission without it being a requirement in the usage of your Submission.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in our sole discretion. No compensation will be paid with respect to your Submission and it is also understood that the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo does not claim ownership of the Submission. By posting, uploading, or providing your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.

Unlawful or Prohibited Use

You warrant to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo that you will not use our website and its internet affiliates for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the site or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of our site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and its internet services.

Changes to Policy

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time without notice and, unless otherwise indicated, such changes will become effective, February 7, 2018. Therefore, please check this Privacy Policy periodically for changes. Your continued use of our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of the changes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please send us an e-mail at info@algulfcoastzoo.org

For press related inquiries, please email: marketing@algulfcoastzoo.org

For all other Build Your Zoo inquiries, please contact Tracy Holiday, Director of Development,
tracy@algulfcoastzoo.org | 251.968.5732


The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is operated by The Zoo Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a 509(a)(2) charitable foundation under section 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code, and is governed by a board of directors.