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Gatorland brings animal education home with ‘School of Croc’

by Brittani Tuttle

Gatorland is bringing its resident animals into your home (virtually, that is) thanks to their new Facebook Live program, “School of Croc.”

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“School of Croc” airs every day, Monday through Saturday, at 10 a.m. Eastern on Gatorland’s Facebook page. Hosted by Savannah Boan, the park’s Crocodilian Enrichment Coordinator and Social Media Director. While kids are at home, unable to go to school or visit Gatorland, they can learn all about these animals.

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Boan, alongside Brandon Fisher, Gatorland’s Director of Media Production, and other park animal experts, offer an up-close and personal look with alligators, crocodiles, Burmese pythons, Macaws, monitor lizards, rare leucistic and albino alligators, and more.

“It’s fantastic to see the excitement growing as kids, parents, and teachers anticipate new adventures every day on ‘School of Croc.’ We’ve even had teachers from several school districts advise us on how to modify our shows to support their curriculum,” said Mark McHugh, president and CEO of Gatorland. “The kids are just amazing. They have sent us pictures of their chalk art alligators, alligator hand puppets, Play-doh snakes, stories with illustrations and pictures or videos of themselves watching ‘School of Croc.’ One mother posted a picture of her little boy eating eggs at the same time our monitor lizard was eating his eggs. Parents are excited too, and tell us how Savannah is a great role model for little girls, and she’s inspiring kids all over the world.”

Viewers are encouraged to send in questions, submit their photos and videos, and ‘like’ and share what is posted on Gatorland’s new School of Croc Facebook Group page.

“We can tell the kids are really paying attention. They ask us how old the animals are, what they eat, how big they will get, where they live in the wild, how many babies they have, and they are really curious about our rare white gators,” said McHugh. “Viewers in Australia were asking how our alligators and crocs differ from theirs.”

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“School of Croc” will continue to air daily at 10 a.m. Eastern from Monday – Saturday until Gatorland is able to re-open. To learn more, visit Gatorland.com/Specials/School-Of-Croc.

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