St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park

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11/20/12 -- Maximo munches a turkey leg! The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will feature special feeding and enrichment sessions for its many animals on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Giant saltwater crocodile Maximo will leap from the water for his turkey feast, showcasing his incredible ability to launch his 15-foot, 1,250-pound body out of the water. (Provided by the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.) The park will have special hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and regular admission prices will apply.

St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park

A reptile and wildlife preserve, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm was established in 1893.

George Reddington and Felix Fire began collecting alligators on Anastasia Island and founded the alligator farm at South Beach. It flourished for more than two decades at its original location.

Exhibiting hundreds of alligators, numerous species of Florida’s venomous snakes and other wild animals, the alligator farm earned a reputation as “the world’s largest alligator farm.”

All recognized crocodilian species from around the world are on exhibit at the farm as well as American alligators, monkeys, deer, exotic birds, giant tortoises, albino alligators, snakes, lemurs and even a few komodo dragons.

Also included are alligator feedings and reptile shows.

A bird rookery in the alligator lagoon is a popular place in the spring for photographers, with nesting birds and hatchlings on view, which are wild birds who choose this area each year for breeding.

Adventurous guests can zip line through the treetops directly over alligator and crocodile enclosures in the preserves newest attraction, Crocodile Crossing.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $22.95 for adults; $11.95 for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger.

 

Address:  999 Anastasia Blvd.

Phone: 904-824-3337

Info: alligatorfarm.com