Gatorama hosts CrocFest to help save species

PALMDALE — Gatorama will host the International CrocFest this Saturday, Dec. 8, for the first time, and three “superstars of crocodilian conservation” will attend the semiannual fundraising event. It’s also the first time the three will appear together to discuss the state of conservation efforts for the species. The event, which had its start in […]

Gopher Tortoises considered a threatened species

With more houses being built and more land being developed the Gopher Tortoises are considered to be a threatened species. The gopher tortoise is protected as a State-designated threatened species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule. Gopher tortoises must be relocated before any land clearing or development can take place, property owners must obtain […]

Wood Storks, Wetlands and Water

Brad Cornell will present a program “Wood Storks, Wetlands and Water” at the Hendry-Glades Audubon meeting on Monday December 10 at 7 p.m., at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension located at 1085 Pratt Blvd LaBelle, FL 33935. Brad Cornell currently is Southwest Florida Policy Associate for both Audubon of the Western Everglades and Audubon Florida, […]

Area was famous for close encounters with Cryptid ‘Skunk Apes’

By Bob Davidsson Special to Caloosa Belle During the 1970s, more than a dozen sightings of the elusive “Skunk Ape,” the Everglades version of the Himalayan “Yeti” and Oregon’s “Sasquatch” (Bigfoot), were reported in suburban Palm Beach County. Why the legendary creature was observed in such large numbers during the decade of the 1970s is […]

LaBelle angler wins tourney with 53 lb. catch

OKEECHOBEE – Boater Gary Milicevic of LaBelle, Florida, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee Sunday, September 23, with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 53 pounds, 2 ounces. For his win, Milicevic earned $8,374. According to post-tournament reports he caught his fish near Harney Pond, […]

Apes find safe home amid researchers at Hendry facility

CLEWISTON — There exists a wild place near here where the residents, some of humans’ closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are enjoying not merely a sweet life in Hendry County. These primate cousins of ours have found a refuge from hurt. It’s a place resembling their actual home in the world — that range […]

Sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida

There have been a lot of sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida. The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a non-native lizard that has been present and breeding in Florida for about ten years. The species is native to the southwestern coastal regions of Saudi Arabia and western Yemen, where it inhabits mountainous coastal regions, […]

Student with disabilities finds a niche caring for Caloosa Humane Society animals

An emaciated caramel-colored dog is brought to the lobby of the Caloosa Humane Society Shelter, her ribs protruding and her appetite voracious. All eyes are on the rescue dog as she laps up the dish of food prepared to help fill out her large frame. Outside, an energetic bulldog named “Chubbs” tests the strength of […]

Gatorama’s Alligator Hatching Festival will start soon

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 […]

Felda Resident Blake Crawford competed in youth rodeo

The International Finals Youth Rodeo(IFYR) is an internationally recognized high school rodeo. Known as the world’s richest youth rodeo, it is held annually in Shawnee, Oklahoma and attracts the best youth rodeo athletes in the world. Blake Crawford (18) from Felda, competed in the 26th IFYR. Crawford joined more than 850 of the top high […]