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Airboat lookout: Amphibians of the Everglades

Posted by Sam Haught on Apr 28, 2016 4:02:07 PM

While on an airboat with us, you’re bound to find many species flying, hanging, and crawling around our property. It's kind of a thing around here, being the Middle of Nowhere and all. We thought it may be fun to highlight some often forgotten pals of ours that are always in our park and around Lake Cypress: Amphibians.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Florida Wildlife, Florida Native Animals

4 tips for bird spotting on an airboat in the Florida Everglades

Posted by Sam Haught on Mar 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If you’re planning to take an airboat ride with Wild Florida soon, you’re sure to find many of our feathered friends hanging out and flying around our Wildlife Park. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature surrounding us and learn more about the birds in our area. To truly enjoy the richness of our wildlife, it helps to know how to spot these birds. Here are four tips that will help you watch out for them while cruising along in the Florida Everglades.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Florida Wildlife, Wildlife Park, Florida Native Animals

7 last minute Gator and Wildlife Park animal-inspired Halloween costume ideas

Posted by Sam Haught on Oct 28, 2015 10:18:27 AM

Because Halloween is just around the corner, the search is on for the perfect costume! We decided to help narrow down your search with a few suggestions of our own. Here are seven costumes that you can create this Halloween inspired by some of the animals you’ll find in our Gator and Wildlife Park. Just be careful if you visit us on Halloween; we might mistake you for one of our own!

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Topics: Wildlife Park, Florida Native Animals

We know what the fox says, but you don't know how bad he smells...

Posted by Sam Haught on Sep 4, 2015 4:29:51 PM

Skunks stink. It’s their claim to fame. We all know that. Their black-and-white striped fur is easy to spot in the wild (and in your backyard). But you might smell one before you see it, depending on the situation.

Skunks use their scent glands to fend off predators. The odor is so powerful and so noxious that it can cause vomiting, watery eyes, and a lingering stench that’s not easily forgotten. Other animals, such as the possum, and even millipedes, also have built-in stink defenses, although the skunk reigns supreme.

You might be surprised to learn that the fox gives the skunk a run for its money on the stink scale. Wildlife experts, trappers, and anybody who’s spent a little time with a fox can attest to this.


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Topics: Wildlife Park, Florida Native Animals

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