It's always good to report positive news from our various attractions, especially as so many are now back in full business again. And here's something from Wild Florida that really deserves our attention - a second hatching of baby albino gators!
The Central Florida attraction in Osceola County became the first place in the world to successfully breed these rare animals last year, and now they are celebrating again. Here's what they say:
It’s official! We have successfully hatched another batch of albino alligators at Wild Florida.
At Wild Florida, we are the only attraction in the world with a successful albino alligator breeding program. Earlier this summer, a batch of 18 albino baby alligator eggs were collected from our adult albino alligators, Snowflake and Blizzard. After months of incubation, care, and monitoring, our “Croc Squad” officially welcomed two more albino hatchlings.
“We’re so proud of our albino alligator parents, Snowflake and Blizzard, and our Croc Squad team for helping these hatchlings,” says our co-owner and co-founder Sam Haught. “With our Croc Squad overseeing these eggs, we’re hoping that these alligators will help engage more visitors, locals and tourists alike, with their environment.”
The average incubation period for alligator eggs is 60 days, depending on the temperature of the nest. The 18 eggs were collected on April 30, 2021, by our Croc Squad team members and placed in an incubator to maintain a stable temperature in a controlled environment to help ensure the success rate of the eggs hatching. Since 27-year-old female Snowflake and 16-year-old male Blizzard are both full albino alligators, these hatchlings are the second set of albino alligators born at an attraction in the world.
We acquired Snowflake and Blizzard in May 2017 and they are located within our Gator Park. The hatchlings are expected to be put on exhibit at a later date. We are so excited to have these new additions to our Wild Florida family!
You can see more about Wild Florida, and buy tickets to see the alligators, take an airboat ride or do the drive-thru safari.