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7 spots at Wild Florida that make you want to say, "Selfie!"

Posted by Wild Florida on Jul 3, 2018 5:17:24 PM

We're all for adventure, but first... let's take a selfie! What may have seemed like just the newest social media trend, the 'selfie' has become a social behavior people do to capture meaningful events like your bridesmaids' brunch, meeting your favorite celeb, and of course, family vacations. Because, if you didn't take a selfie, did it really even happen? If you're planning a trip to Florida, here are seven spots in Wild Florida that will make all your friends wish they could've joined in on your selfie during your visit.

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Topics: Gator and Wildlife Park, Wild Florida

How Wild Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma

Posted by Wild Florida on Sep 7, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Native Floridians are no strangers to hurricanes. But that doesn't necessarily make severe storms any less scary. While many people may have the option to evacuate before the storm, that doesn't always mean pets or animals can get away, too. So, as we stock up on water, batteries and canned goods for our homes, we thought it would be important to share the measures we take to ensure the safety of our animals and the Wild Florida facility in preparation for Hurricane Irma. 

Walking through the Gator and Wildlife Park, you'll notice a fair amount of vegetation inside and around the exhibits, as well as the fact that all animal enclosures are made of wood. At Wild Florida, we go above and beyond the state-required space and basic features an exhibit should have, providing a more comfortable and natural enclosure for the animals in our Wildlife Park. But these extra measures don't make the enclosures hurricane proof. So, as our staff does a walk-through of the park, they make a note of any dead trees in or near exhibits that should be removed prior to a tropical storm or hurricane.

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Topics: Wildlife Park, Eco Tours, Gator and Wildlife Park, Wild Florida

Have you seen the movie Lake Placid? Let us clear up a myth for you.

Posted by Wild Florida on Apr 24, 2017 12:52:39 AM

Have you seen the movie Lake Placid?

This monster horror comedy was filmed mostly in British Columbia, Canada and is based on a prehistoric animal resembling a giant crocodile. The prehistoric creature that the film was based on is called the sarcosuchus imperator, or “flesh crocodile emperor”. This gigantic crocodile lived approximately 110 million years ago when rivers flowed through what is now sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2000, paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team found the nearly complete remains of a sarcosuchus imperator in Niger. The remains that they found included vertebrae, limb bones, armor plates, jaws, and a nearly complete 6-foot skull. Paul Sereno estimates that this prehistoric crocodile weighed about ten tons.

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Topics: Airboat Tours

Wild Florida's cutest animal pairs

Posted by Wild Florida on Feb 12, 2016 12:00:22 PM

Love is in the air this time of year, and that rings true for our animal pairs at Wild Florida, too. Whether these animals are soulmates or just BFFs, we're certain that we have some of the cutest and lovable pairs around. Read on to see what we mean and learn a little more about the couples that call our Wildlife Park home.

Leo and Lucy - Recently Leo and Lucy, our red ruffed lemurs, spent some time apart. Lucy needed time to raise her daughter, Rain, before they were reintroduced to their environment. You wouldn't even know that Lucy spent any time away, because she is already running that conspiracy like a queen again. Lemur society is matriarchal, and Lucy knows that she runs the show. Leo is just happy she lets him stay around! 

Luke and Lola - Like Lucy and Leo, the female rules this relationship. These two ring-tailed lemurs (pictured above) have a bit of a different dynamic, though, because of their roommates, Lolly and Lilly. Don't let the numbers confuse you – Lola still runs the show, and Luke knows it. The girls enjoy their time together, but Luke is there for his lady when she allows it!

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Topics: Wildlife Park

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