Caloosa Belle

Gatorama’s Alligator Hatching Festival will start soon

It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world! (Courtesy photo)

PALMDALE– Gatorama is hosting its 15th annual “Alligator Hatching Festival” daily August 18- Sept 3 at the animal park at 10665 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale.

It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world!

“This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of nature’s fascinating life cycles,” said Gatorama owner Allen Register. “For the next couple of weeks we will welcome over five thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will be able to see and feel these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.”

Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators have been off the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program.

Melinda Brant holds an older alligator at Center State Bank’s August business spotlight. For the last three years Gatorama has been the spotlighted business. The folks from Gatorama come to the bank one Friday in August to show off their gators to young children who might never get a chance to see them up close like they can in the bank lobby! (Caloosa Belle/Dale Conyers)

New exhibits and activities for everyone have been added since rebuilding the park due to Hurricane Irma damage last September.

“With our website guests may book reservations online and bypass the line at the front desk and go to a special queue to have their e-tickets scanned! This improvement should allow us to provide a smoother experience for our guests,” Mr. Register said.

Hatching times are listed on Gatorama’s website. The Hatching Festival runs every day through Sept 3. After school hatching times are available at 5 p.m. each weekday. Regular admission includes the educational hatching programs. For guests who want a hands-on experience, a “Hatch and Hold” package is available.

Gatorama opened in 1957 as one of Florida’s first alligator attractions. It is still a popular tourist attraction as well as an operating alligator farm.

For more information, prices and directions as well as to book your Hatch and Hold package visit www.gatorama.com or www.hatchingfestival.com.