St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoo

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This is a small zoo, not an alligator farm despite the name, so you can see all types of alligators and crocodiles. But in the rear of the zoo is a boardwalk through an alligator pond and a beautiful bird rookery. March, April or May are the best Spring times to see Great White Herons, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Tri-colored or Louisiana Herons, Wood Storks, Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills, Green Back Herons, and more during mating, nest building, chick births, fledglings learning how to fly, chicks being fed, and so on.

All this happens in some cases within five feet of you. Hundreds of nests are built over the alligator pond, which protects the birds and chicks from raccoons, snakes, or anything else that might want to get into their nests. Of course, they must be careful not to fall out of the nests or the gators will chomp down on them.

There are also demonstrations and alligator feedings during the day. This is good for families or couples for a nice long day or come in the morning and stay a few hours, then get out of the heat and sun, and come back alter in the afternoon until closing.

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