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A day in the life of Duke, our adorable bobcat

Posted by Sam Haught on Jul 18, 2018 5:33:00 PM

We all have a daily schedule or routine. Wake up, brush our teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, head out the door to work (or maybe the beach if you're really lucky), and so on... Our animals are no different. They have a schedule of their own, too. While it may look like Duke, our bobcat, is just playing around most of the day, here is a brief look at his busy schedule inside our Gator Park.

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Let's be honest, most of us are not morning people. But for Duke, his energy level is much higher than the average house cat, which makes waking up much easier. However, in the wild, bobcats are more nocturnal. Oftentimes, they'll sleep during the day and be more active at night. 

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Duke gets a plate of fresh chicken to help fuel him for the day. In the wild, bobcats primarily hunt small mammals such as rabbits or mice because of their small size. However, it isn't uncommon for bobcats to occasionally take down larger mammals such as deer.  

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Topics: Wildlife Park, Gator and Wildlife Park

Why giving the gift of a Florida experience will trump all holiday gifts

Posted by Sam Haught on Dec 3, 2017 5:49:39 PM

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we enter the thick of the holiday season. It's a time for breaking out the holiday lights, baking cookies for Santa, and making sure you get gifts for everyone on your gift list. However, despite all the images and videos your friends might share of new products, you might have some reservations on whether that's the gift you really want to give. Well, actually, research shows that the best thing you can gift this holiday season might not be a gift at all. (A material one, at least.) In this blog, we'll talk about what research says about experience gifts and why you should give the gift of a Florida experience...

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Topics: Airboat Tours, Wildlife Park, Eco Tours, Experiences

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

3 Florida alligator laws every local should know

Posted by Sam Haught on Jun 29, 2017 3:02:52 PM

With Florida's population growing year after year, humans and alligators are running into each other more frequently. Because of these meet-ups (whether they're intentional or not), the state of Florida has created laws on how humans should handle, approach, and interact with alligators. In this blog, we go over three Florida alligator laws every Floridan should know. 

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Topics: Wildlife Park, Alligators, Gator and Wildlife Park

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