What do we know about alligators?

They were here first, before nearly all the native Floridians, way before Mickey Mouse and even longer than our tourist visitors and friends.

It’s no secret the folks at Wild Florida know a thing or two about those native reptiles.

To share their knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida host its 4th Annual Gator Week June 8-13, and offer free admission to its Gator Park for the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis like first responders and essential front-line workers — all health care workers, grocery store employees, truckers and first responders.

Wild Florida will have its Airboat tours up and running, if not the whole park, by June 1.

Wild Florida uses Gator Week each year to debunk myths that develop based on a lack of knowledge and an abundance of fear. They instead choose to educate guests and develop a more positive attitude towards these reptiles.

“We look forward to this event all year and this time we’re excited to honor those that have sacrificed for our communities,” Wild Florida co-owner Sam Haught said.  “Our company has contemplated how we can give back to those that carried us through the crisis and hope this helps in a small way.”

Daily gator jumpathons, alligator and crocodile speed tests, and identifying an alligator’s favorite food,  are some of the highlights guests can enjoy during Gator Week.

Be sure to follow Wild Florida on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits, myth-busting stories, and an upcoming major announcement regarding their albino alligators. The website www.GatorWeek.com will also have updates on upcoming activities.

Admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park is only $10 for adults; Florida residents receive a 50 percent discount year-round. Learn more about Wild Florida’s park offerings, like the Drive-Through Safari, at WildFL.com.