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Nile crocs give Wild Florida more bite

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park has welcomed two Nile crocodiles to its gator and wildlife park.
The male and female crocodile pair were among a surplus of reptiles at a park located near the Florida Keys.
The 8-foot-long male and 6-foot-long female are acclimating to their new exhibit at Wild Florida and will begin training in the next couple of weeks. Known to be extremely intelligent animals, Wild Florida’s goal is for the crocodiles to eventually respond to their names and various queues.
According to a park press release, Wild Florida’s mission has always been to promote a connection with the animals and further educate guests on the species in its wildlife park and nature conservation.
Along with these reptiles, a new animal trainer will join the Wild Florida team. Andrew Biddle will be responsible for training the crocodiles as well as enhancing the daily alligator feeding shows. Biddle has more than 20 years of experience in training and handling several species of animals, including alligators and crocodiles.
“My mission is teaching the world how amazing animals are. Conservation through education. Giving people the chance to experience opportunities like no other with these amazing animals,” Biddle said.
People can help Wild Florida name its new residents by entering the crocodile naming contest until March 21 on Facebook. Anyone who submits a name will receive free wildlife park admission. The grand-prize winner will receive a one-hour airboat tour, park admission, and a photo with Fluffy (admit 4).
In addition to the new crocodiles, the wildlife park is home to various native Florida species and exotic animals such as sloths, lemurs, zebras, tropical birds and more.
Admission to the Gator and Wildlife Park is free with the purchase of an airboat tour, or separately for $18 per adult and $15 per child. Florida residents get 50 percent off with valid photo identification.
Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010, focuses on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida, the press release stated.


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