Gatorland adds some Kookaburra fun!

Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” is ringing in the New Year with the exciting addition of Marshall the Kookaburra to its animal family.


Marshall, who is two years old, comes to Gatorland from a loving home in South Florida. Kookaburras are the largest members of the Kingfisher bird family and native to Australia. Visitors can see the newcomer in the park’s Jungle Crocs of the World habitat, where he will live near the Australian Saltwater Crocodile exhibits.


“We are thrilled to give Marshall a new home with us here at Gatorland,” said Mark McHugh, president and CEO of Gatorland. “He is so much fun, and his loud ‘laughing’ vocalizations will not only entertain guests but provide additional auditory enrichment for the crocodiles.

“We love adding new animals to our park to entertain and educate our guests. Just a few months ago, we brought Ben and Jerry, the Capybaras, to Gatorland, and now here’s Marshall. We know our visitors will love them as much as we do.”

January also remains on special admission for all Florida residents, who pay just $9.99 for single day entry to see Marshall and all the other animals. Tickets must be purchased at the admission’s gate with valid Florida ID. Be aware, this rare discount won’t be around for long!


Florida residents will enjoy their favorite rides, shows, and exhibits, such as the Alligator Breeding Marsh, White Gator Swamp, Petting Zoo, Bird Aviary, Alligators – Legends of the Swamp, and Up Close Encounters, and of course, the famous Social Distancing Skunk Ape.

Editor’s NoteSusan & Simon Veness freelance write for a number of publications, ours included. But here they write on behalf of the Central Florida Tourism Collective, a group they formed, and in which we are a part of, that aims to give visitors a reassuring message of life in the heart of the Sunshine State during these unprecedented times.


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