Colorado Gators Reptile Park, Mosca

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#19 of 55 in Wildlife in Colorado
Colorado Gators Reptile Park was opened to the public in 1990, in Mosca, Colorado, United States. Located 17mi north of Alamosa, Colorado, it started as a tilapia farm in 1977, and now includes a bird sanctuary, reptile rescue, education, and display, and a biodome.A geothermal well on the property creates ponds and wetlands for the alligators, but also provides habitat and food for many water-birds and waterfowl. The "Two Mile Creek Wildlife Habitat" lets visitors view alligators, reptiles, and birds in a natural setting, and to go fishing, boating, and picnicking. Over 125 species of birds have been sighted at the farm.HistoryIn 1977, Erwin and Lynne Young purchased 80acre on which they started a farm to grow tilapia and African perch. The farm includes a geothermal well that is used to keep the water at a temperature appropriate for the fish. In 1987, they purchased 100 1-year old alligators to help dispose of fish-processing waste. The alligators grew, and locals wanted to see them, so the farm was opened to the public in 1990.Over the years, the farm has also become home to many reptiles that are unwanted, abused, and sometimes dangerous, when people discover that they can no longer care for them. One of the goals of the farm is to help educate the public as to the challenges and dangers of trying to keep reptiles as pets.EventsThe farm holds "Gatorfest" on the first weekend in August each year. This is world's first Gator Rodeo and Roundup, and includes roping, riding, and barrel racing.EducationEducation programs created by the Colorado Gators Reptile Park aim to teach people about the biology, behavior, and ecological role of reptiles, as well as which reptiles make good pets and which will eventually get big enough to become impossible to handle. The programs include live specimens such as turtles, tortoises, alligators, snakes, and lizards, some of which the audience is allowed to touch.
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  • I was uncertain when I originally saw signs for this place if it was a good deal for the animals. A lot of times when animals are involved in businesses, they are exploited or mistreated. I don't thin...  more »
  • Went to Colorado Gators without many expectations and left with an unforgettable memory. Scott took my girlfriend and I around for our wrestling class and I’m so happy he did. He was very knowledgeabl...  more »
  • *visit was July 2015* This hidden gem is pretty cool. The gator farm is on top of hot springs. There is an interactive self guided tour along with photos with a baby gator! It’s a pretty cool attracti...  more »
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  • Great experience. A little pricey, but very informative and fun. They're not pushy, in fact we didn't even know you could feed the Gators until we were done because they don't try to push you to buy extras. There's a nice little gift shop with some pricey and some decently priced memorabilia. Great opportunity to hold, feed, and touch reptiles! Definitely worth the stop!
  • I absolutely love this sanctuary! The staff were so friendly. So many gators and other reptiles to admire! I've never been so up close to snakes til now. Each of these animals have their own stories to why they have this place as their home now. So glad it is also pet friendly.
  • One of my favorite places in Colorado (and I'm a native so that actually means something). This is an actual working farm and zoo. They do amazing work rescuing animals and educating the public. The gators are SO cool to see up close and personal. They also have a variety of snakes, tortoises, and other very cool reptiles and fish. A must see!!
  • I liked seeing the alligators however, there was an "alligator wrestling" time that seemed very wrong. The general public was aloud to just see one demonstration from a 16 year old boy. There was another part where the public was aloud to get into an above ground pool and "catch" baby Gators. The Gators were running away when people stepped in. They didn't like it. I didn't like it. Doesn't seem like a "rescue" at all. They also had baby alligator heads for sale (from somewhere else 🙄) which seems to me to contradict the idea of a "rescue". I would have really liked seeing the Gators in an actual rescue and not being bullied by random humans.
  • Great off the beaten path place! Staff was friendly and very informative! And the wildlife was interesting. Up close with gators and snakes and turtles oh my! Waa just me and my husband, but kids would love it too! A+!

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