You may know of the Dog Whisperer (aka Cesar Milan), but have you ever heard of a gator whisperer? Meet Andrew Biddle. We're used to training dogs to sit and parrots to mimic our favorite catchphrases, but Andrew doesn't limit his training to the cute and cuddly species of the animal kingdom. In this blog, we'll introduce you to Andrew, along with giving you some insight on what his day-to-day at Wild Florida looks like with training our animals, specifically with our American alligators and saltwater crocodiles!
Every ecosystem has a leader and we all know who wears the crown in the Everglades. They’re big, they’re fast, they’re scary looking and they’re the king of the swamp! If you haven’t guessed who yet, it’s the American alligator. Surely no one in the water is picking a fight with these guys, and we’re exploring 4 reasons why below!
So, there's been some talk recently about a certain Florida woman who has kept a pet gator named Rambo the same way you may have kept a pet dog named Fido.
In some ways, we get it. Alligators are fascinating creatures.
But having a pet alligator is not a good idea for a number of reasons. Do we even need to mention the size of their teeth?
Reason number one why alligators don't make good pets: Alligators are unpredictable. While many people think alligators are aggressive hunters, they're actually just lurkers. This means they lurk around waiting for something tasty to come by. Alligators will eat almost anything: fish, turtles, small mammals, or birds... and even some larger mammals like deer. They also don't need to eat on a regular schedule the way people do. When you combine all of these factors, you can see how unpredictable (read as: unsafe) a gator would be as a pet.
Alligators and crocodiles are beginning to play a larger role in helping scientists figure out how Everglades conservation efforts have succeeded. In an effort to help preserve the wetlands, researchers are following the movements of the alligators and crocodiles by implanting a chip that transmit data to an application using Google Maps. With continued conservation efforts, we hope to see our unique and pristine wetlands and Orlando airboat rides thrive for years to come.