Gatorland Gets 70 New Animals from Closing Everglades Wonder Gardens

Okay, so they are definitely not pets but some of the wildest animals around. That is what makes this such a fantastic acquisition. We are sorry to see the Everglades Wonder Gardens close its doors after all of these years (they opened their park in 1936) but at least one of our favorite wild creature parks is going to benefit from it. When the park opened it’s doors for the first time, the whole goal was to show people the amazing indigenous plants and animals that Florida had to offer and that the ones they scared the most, were some of the most magnificent ones to watch.

What does this mean for Gatorland?

As you might already know, Gatorland is another Wildlife animal park in the Orlando Florida area that prides itself on sharing the wonders of many Florida based animals. The main purpose is to show that although these animals in the wild are to be respected, they too have their own place in our world. The moving of these new animals has already begun and one of the main attractions will be the great 15 foot gator, Bonecrusher 2. What is so amazing about this is the fact that the father to this massive alligator, Bonecrusher, was part of an exhibition at Gatorland back in the 60’s and 70’s. It has to be a special feeling to get the offspring of the fantastic Bonecrusher under the same facility roof as his father. Not only are Alligators and crocodiles being moved to this new location but many other animals, such as pythons, rattlesnakes, raccoons and bobcats (to name a few). If you have never been to Gatorland, now might be the perfect time to take a visit. It has never been as exciting at this park as it is right now. Take the family and do something a little different than you planned when you setup your family vacation to Orlando Florida. I think you will be glad that you did.

What will happen to Everglades Wonder Gardens?

The Everglades park closed its doors on April 21st of 2013 and will be under new management. The focus on animals will be removed from this park but the new owners are going to open back up in June to showcase a beautiful botanical garden. I think it is such a great opportunity for Gatorland to expand their park but also give these animals a great place to live where they will be taken well care of.