It’s almost Gator Week… Which means there’s a lot of educational fun coming to Wild Florida.
From May 6-11, there will be special events to share knowledge and passion about alligators with Wild Florida’s guests — as the eco-tourism attraction has always expressed its mission to promote a connection with animals, and inspire education and conservation, all while providing an unforgettable Everglades experience.
“The most common emotional response to alligators is fear, and that can lead to negative outcomes for wild predators,” said Jordan Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida. “We hope to convert that fear to a healthy respect and appreciation for these incredible animals.”
In addition to unique experiences during this third annual event, guests will receive free admission to its Gator Park, which is home to more than 200 native and exotic animals.
“Our goal for Gator Week is to shine a better light on alligators,” said Wild Florida Co-Owner Sam Haught. “When you consider the success of other major predators that humans have feared throughout history like bears, wolves or panthers, the end result is not great for scary animals and can end in extinction. By making our gator park admission free for one week, we hope as many people as possible will come learn more and make a stronger connection with the alligators we love.”
See Wild Florida’s Gator Week schedule:
Alligators and crocodiles rank in the top two for having the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom. During day one of Gator Week, this power will be displayed during a live demonstration as alligators and crocodiles smash fruits and vegetables with their jaws. Later in the day, there will also be a gator water polo game in the Gator Pond.
Just like cats and dogs, alligators make very distinct sounds that everyone can master. At noon, inside Wild Florida’s Exotic Animal Pavilion, Wild Florida will host a Gator Call Competition. Later on, the Wild Florida team will host their first “Clock-the-Croc” demonstration, where, using a speed timer, the team will record the speed of one of their crocodiles on land and in the water.
During day three of Gator Week at Wild Florida’s Gator Feeding Show Pavilion, the Wild Florida team will measure the bite force of a snapping turtle, freshwater crocodile, alligator and caiman.
After the bite force test, stop by the Chomp House Grill as the Wild Florida team tries to break the world record for longest gator po’ boy!
Wild Florida’s popular Gator Jumpathon returns. At 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wild Florida’s third annual Gator Jumpathon takes place inside their Gator Pond, where you can witness the true power of these animals and see just how high they can jump to catch their prey. Then, guests will have an opportunity to jump like a gator themselves and participate in the first-ever “Gator Jump Competition.” There will also be bounce houses available for kids to enjoy throughout the day and educational seminars from experts on alligator hatching, mating and farming.
Everyone might be used to seeing alligators during the day, but what about at night? Wild Florida will stay open after dark and do a special gator feeding show with their biggest alligator, Crusher. It will also host a Wild Paint Night Out, where Wild Florida’s albino alligators Snowflake and Blizzard will be the stars of the show. Guests will get to paint these impressive animals and see them up close while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner. Wild Florida will also be offering discounted night airboat tours to give guests a unique experience of seeing how wild the swamp is in the moonlight.
Capping off another year of Gator Week, there will be a Gator Week Corn Hole and Gator Slushy Drinking Competition where the winner from each competition will win a special prize.
For more information about Wild Florida and its Gator Week events, visit wildfloridairboats.com or call 407-957-3135.
Wild Florida is located at 3301 Lake Cypress Road in Kenansville.