While we love taking people on Orlando airboat rides and showing off the headwaters of the Everglades, there's more to Wild Florida than being a top Orlando attraction. Our mission also invovles promoting a connection with animals and teaching about conservation. With that being said, we aim to educate guests on not just the animals native to Florida, but those found all over the world. That's why, in this blog, we're going to highlight some of the animals found both in other parts of the world and in our Gator Park.
The popularity of alligator hunting has taken off in the past couple years. In Florida since 2009, Alligator tags given out have increased by over 2,000. Some of the residents admit to viewing some of the reality shows like; Swamp People, and Gator Boys, and then wanting to reproduce what they see. Unfortunately, the reality shows may have caused an increase in illegal hunting says one Florida gator hunter, “They watch it on TV and think hell, I can do that”.
If there is anything that we love more than airboat rides here at Wild Florida, it’s Florida wildlife. Recently, a pair of female loggerhead turtles have drawn a lot of attention and support from the Space Coast community. The two turtles, named Ripley and Johnny, drew dozens of spectators in Brevard County when they set forth on their annual migration celebration appropriately titled “Tour de Turtles,” for the sixth year in a row.
For many, Florida just seems like nothing more than a haven for theme parks, but the Sunshine State is much more than meets the eye! Granted, many vacationers enjoy the thrill of roller coasters and the sunny beaches, but did you know that Orlando offers some of the best airboat tours in the state? If you’re interested in experience Florida off the beaten path, why not check out Wild Florida? Here’s why!