Gatorama’s Hatching Festival begins this weekend

The Hatching Festival allows visitors to help a baby alligator into the world for the first time.

The Hatching Festival allows visitors to help a baby alligator into the world for the first time.

Gatorama is hosting its 11th annual “Alligator Hatching Festival” Aug. 22 to 30, 2015 at their animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale, Fla.

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 Allen Register. “For the next couple of weeks we will welcome over four thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will actually 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.

“Last year we introduced our ‘Crackin’Barn’ and this year we are excited to unveil our new “look”, a new Fossil Dig experience and a good ole Fishin’Hole as well as a completely redesigned website! With our new website guests can now 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,” said Allen Register. There will be four programs each day. Regular admission includes the educational hatching program. For guests who want a hands-on experience, a “Hatch and Hold” package is available.

“This year we are offering an after- hours program, ‘The Baby Break-OUT’ on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.” said Patty Register. “It’s a smaller more intimate gathering after the park closes to the general public. This special opportunity requires reservations and includes a home-cooked dinner by our family and everybody gets to hatch a baby!”

“Currently we have a few clutches of eggs hatching early, so like our Facebook page to keep up with our incubator reports and come on out and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity!”

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.

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