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7 Native Florida Animals at Wild Florida’s Gator Park

Witness firsthand some of the most incredible Florida animals the state has to offer! Wild Florida’s Gator Park isn’t just a wildlife exhibit—it’s an invitation to see Florida's ecosystem right in front of you. Both locals and visitors from around the globe get the chance to learn something new about Florida's native animals. Get ready to meet seven fascinating creatures that call Florida home during your unforgettable visit!


American alligator

In the heart of their Gator Park lies the Gator Pond that houses more than 150 freshwater American alligators and crocodiles. Most of the alligators, are actually labeled "nuisance" alligators by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and were relocated to Wild Florida because they lost their natural fear of humans. If left in the wild, these reptiles would be humanely euthanized. After you're done visiting the gators and crocs, make sure to visit Crusher, the biggest alligator at Wild Florida! Weighing in at 1,000 pounds and a whopping 13.5 feet long, Crusher lives in his own bachelor pad to ensure he has plenty of room to sunbathe or cool off in his pond.

Florida Pantherpanther

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most endangered animals native to Florida: the Florida panther. Less than 300 panthers are in the wild due to habitat loss, making Florida’s official state animal a rare sight.

In August 2017, Wild Florida welcomed Nala, the Florida panther, into the family. As one of the most endangered species in Florida, she is considered a "panther ambassador." Her role at Wild Florida allows visitors a unique opportunity to see this iconic big cat up close and learn more about helping this species survive.

American Crocodile


Although outnumbered by alligators, about 2,000 American crocodiles live in Florida. Freshwater crocodiles are primarily found in South Florida, but it's very rare to spot them in the wild. These dinosaur-looking creatures can live up to 70 years in their natural habitats.


While there are more alligators inside the Gator Pond, there are a few crocodiles you can see during your visit. One of the easiest ways to distinguish a crocodile from an alligator is by looking at the shape of their snout. Unlike alligators, whose snouts are wider and have a U-shaped look, crocodiles have a more pointed, V-shaped snout. 

Because of their preferred habitats, the only place alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild together is the Florida Everglades. But at Wild Florida, visitors get to see both of these magnificent reptiles up close in a single location.



Smaller than the Florida panther, Bobcats are nonetheless fierce and efficient predators. With their tufted ears and spotted fur, bobcats are well adapted for a solitary hunting life. One of the more interesting bobcat facts is that they make chilling sounds. Bobcats’ mating calls can resemble a woman’s screams. 

But don’t let that spooky fact scare you away from visiting our adorable big cat! Located next to our raccoons, you'll find yourself in front of Daphne, the Florida Bobcat. This rascally girl spends her days lounging in her exhibit and playing with her favorite keepers. Depending on when you visit, you might get to see this bobcat play with some of her animal enrichment toys.

Alligator snapping turtle

The alligator snapping turtle lives up to its name by having one of the strongest bites in the whole world! Measuring in length at about 29 inches, this native Florida animal weighs as much as 200 pounds. 

Alligator snapping turtles are primarily carnivores, hunting aquatic animals like fish, minnows, and frogs. Through evolution, these guys have developed their tongues to look like lures, biting down on their prey once they get close. With such a jaw-dropping bite, the alligator snapping turtle is a creature you’ll want to observe from a safe distance—but an absolute must-see!



The raccoon is a fan favorite of all Florida mammals! Easily distinguished because of their masked faces and ringed tails, raccoons are nocturnal, making them more active at night. Their appearance and curious nature have given raccoons a mischievous reputation. 

Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they can eat all sorts of things, from fruits to bugs and even small animals. They will generally eat whatever is easily accessible, which can get them into trouble with humans.

But our raccoons at Wild Florida’s Gator Park enjoy a balanced diet and a safe environment with plenty of cozy spots to sleep. Don’t be surprised if you see them napping during your visit— they were probably playing all night long!


Although best known for their defensive spray, skunks are one of the more intriguing animals to watch at Wild Florida’s Gator Park. These small mammals, with their distinctive black and white stripes, are surprisingly gentle unless provoked. When they are in danger, skunks will release their signature spray, which can hit a target up to 15 feet away. This predator-repellent spray is known to smell like rotten eggs, making skunks one of Florida’s stinkiest animals. 

Skunks are also omnivores, dining on insects, grubs, small rodents, fruits, and plants. Because of their adaptable nature, skunks can be found throughout all of Florida. At our Gator Park, skunks reside in an environment mimicking their natural habitat and providing ample opportunities to forage and explore.

Wild Florida’s Gator Park offers a unique way to discover and learn about the amazing animals in Florida. Each visit brings new spectacular sightings, making it an unforgettable destination for anyone with a love of wildlife. 

If you want to see more Florida animals, take a ride on an airboat tour! Access to our Gator Park is free with any airboat tour ticket. With more than 80 different species of wildlife and foliage living in or around Lake Cypress alone, there's no telling what you might see during your airboat tour!