Gatorland has chosen to host CrocFest 2021
Orlando, Florida. – Gatorland is known to help and educate the public about alligators and alligators through its theme park and global Gatorland initiatives. Now, the park is about to make an even bigger difference to one endangered species of crocodile.
Gatorland was recently selected to host CrocFest 2021. The annual event, which began 11 years ago, has raised more than $600,000 for endangered crocodiles.
All funds raised at this year’s event in Gatorland will help support the launch and satellite tracking of a group of Orinoco crocodiles that have been created in several US zoos with the sole purpose of reintroducing these magnificent crocodiles into their natural habitats in Venezuela.
Crocodiles are in danger of extinction, with an estimated 1,500 animals remaining in the wild.
“It is the largest ‘New World’ crocodile, nearly extinct in the mid-20th century due to unsustainable hunting for its hides. Their eggs and meat are still eaten as food, and some locals believe their teeth have healing powers. Conservation efforts to date include the establishment of a national park, Park National Santos Luzardo, and release programs or release programs for young crocodiles whose eggs have been harvested from wild nests to ensure their survival,” officials described in a press release.
CrocFest will take place on December 11th from noon to 8:30 pm
Tickets are $30 for a donation for adults, $10 for students ages 5 to 17, and children under five are free. Admission includes dinner and drinks, including soft drinks, water and beer, with drinks served starting at 3pm and dinner at 4pm
T-shirts will be sold out and there will be a silent auction at 6pm
“We are very excited to be hosting CrocFest for the first time and help raise awareness about the endangered Orinoco crocodile,” said Mark McHugh, President and CEO of Gatorland. “In addition, we are very pleased that we were the only park in Central Florida selected to breed two Orinoco baby crocodiles for the launch program in Venezuela. This pilot research project is a perfect fit for our conservation programs under Gatorland Global.”
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