At Wild Florida Airboat Tours and Gator Park, our mission is conserving the beauty of real, wild Florida and the animals that call this place home through educating the public about the importance of keeping Florida wild. There are a lot of cool things about Florida that make it unique. For example, we are the only state that is surrounded by water on three sides, there are more golf courses in our state than in any other, and Central Florida is the only home of the Osceola Turkey. Chances are, if you are not from Central Florida, you are not familiar with this subspecies of Wild Turkey in.
At night, when most of us are getting ready for bed, the swamp comes alive! Out here in the Middle of Nowhere, Florida, it’s not just dark, it’s REALLY dark. And it’s REALLY quiet. But take a tour after the sun sets and you’re sure to see and hear plenty. That’s when many animals are just starting to wake up. The bats are among the first to come out and play in the twilight, swooping through the air to catch bugs for their breakfast.
Florida’s unique Everglades environment is home to more than 300 species of fish, 40 different mammal species, and 50 cold-blooded reptile species. The two million acres consist of saw-grass marshes, mangrove forests, and hardwood hammocks dominated by wetlands. When thinking of the Everglades, most people think of alligators, snakes, and endangered species like the Florida Panther, but with so many different terrains, there are a variety of animals that call Florida home. In the wetlands of the Everglades, mammals like bottlenose dolphins, Florida manatees, and river otters thrive in.
Through running a Gator Park and giving alligator tours near Orlando, we’ve heard misperceptions about the American alligator for years. Since Floridians and gators share the waterways, we think it’s important to set the record straight and educate you about these iconic Florida reptiles.