With more than 200 alligators living in our Gator Pond inside our Gator and Wildlife Park, neighboring Lake Cypress with more wild, scaly friends, it’s no secret we know a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge, raise awareness, and share our passion for this fascinating, yet misunderstood creature, we'll be hosting our first ever Gator Week and giving everyone free admission into our Gator and Wildlife Park starting May 1st through May 6th!
When you're researching attractions for field trips for your class, what things are you looking for? Something outdoors? Something unique and out-of-the-box with hands-on activities? Something that helps reinforce what they might be learning in class? These are all very important factors to consider, but can be hard to find all in one place. The great thing is, at Wild Florida, your students can experience all these things and more with a hands-on day of learning and adventure, and maybe even an airboat ride!
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!
Although many people are familiar with alligators living in the Everglades, they're actually found all over Florida! After all, the Sunshine State was their stomping ground way before it belonged to humans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates that there are 5 million alligators spread out across the southeastern United States, and 1.3 million of those alligators call Florida home! For most gators in the south, they inhabit freshwater wetlands such as cypress swamps and marshes, but can sometimes be found in saltwater… or even in sewers! But don’t worry, these.