Big things are happening at Wild Florida.
The eco-tourism attraction announced on Monday a massive new addition to its facility: a drive-through safari park.
“Our team has dreamt about doing this for years, and we’re excited for construction to begin,” Wild Florida co-owner Ranier Munns said in a press release.
This $2.5 million expansion will be the largest expansion in the history of Osceola County eco-tourism. And different from traditional expansions, the unique part about this addition is that the park will not knock down a single tree.
“We’re not going to cut down any trees,” Wild Florida co-owner Sam Haught said at the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. “If anything, we’re going to add more trees. We don’t want to cut down or ruin any of the native Florida stuff. We want you to make a connection with, and see what Florida looked like 1,000 years ago.”
About the safari park
Wild Florida acquired the land for this project back in August. The 75-acre plot is adjacent to the Gator and Wildlife Park.
The safari trail is expected to run more than two miles, welcoming a projected 100,000 guests in its first year of being open.
More than 100 exotic animals and native Florida wildlife (like white-tailed deer, wild boar, cracker cows, zebras and watusi) will be featured in the safari route. Wild Florida also announced the hope to add giraffes to the tour.
“There are people who have waited their whole life to see some of the animals we’re going to have,” said Haught.
But the coolest part of the safari? Guests can choose to ride on a guided swamp buggy tour, or even drive their own personal cars through the park. This gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the safari’s animals from the comfort and convenience of their own car, without having to transport children to a different vehicle or be out in Florida’s summer heat.
More on Wild Florida
Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010. The facility focuses on educating adults and children on Central Florida’s natural resources, and is dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem.
Admission to Wild Florida is $10 per adults. Florida residents receive a year-round, 50 percent discount. Guests who purchase a Wild Florida airboat tour or animal encounter receive free admission to the park.
For more information
To learn more about Wild Florida, visit WildFL.com.