The park became a state park in the mid 80’s after being owned privately from the mid 20’s. It was a situated on a major tourist route before the interstate system siphoned off much of its tourist traffic. Many people would stop to see the exotic animals on display there. Walt Disney used it for the location of some of his movies. Some of my older readers may remember the TV show “Gentle Ben” which was filmed here as well as some others.
After the state took over a new mission was undertaken, it was to showcase as many mammals, reptiles, birds, and vegetation indigenous to Florida in as natural setting as possible. Once at the visitor center you must take a tram or boat ride to the wildlife area. I recommend the boat ride.
We took the boat to the wildlife center
Enjoying the sun
Taking an afternoon nap
Heed the sign
Lu the hippo (the only non indigenous animal in the park)
There are many more animals in the park than the ones I have shown, so stop by the park if you are in the area to see all of them.
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