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Colorado Gators Reptile Park, Mosca

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • My hubby and I enjoyed this stop. The only reason I gave it 3 and not 4 stars is we were a little confused where to go & if we saw the whole place or not. We just kind of roamed around not sure if we ...  read more »
  • this place was very cool and to see these animals up close that have been unchanged for about 85 million years was awesome, some of the trails and fencing around the gators pins are in need of mainten...  read more »
  • They really need to put some money into the infrastructure. Pretty pricey to get in $15/person. The staff was well versed in the history of the place but rusted overhead beams were a little distractin...  read more »
  • I recently went to the Colorado Gators and Reptile Park. I took the alligator wrestling class. My trainer Josh was excellent. I felt he prepared me as much as possible and did not go all "cowboy". He was relaxed and made me feel relaxed until I stepped in there with the alligators lol. All in all you will learn to safely handle alligators as well as help the gators with any injuries they might have. Great Job!
  • This place is amazing. I'm an avid reptile enthusiast with my own critter collection back at home so when I saw the signs for this place i had to stop. Everyone looks healthy and well loved. The sulcata tortoises free roaming around were adorable and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. There's lots of rescue reptiles besides the gators too. We saw a nice array snakes, monitors, and tortoises. When I come back I'm definitely signing up for the Gator wresting.
  • This place is awesome! My family had the best time, we will definitely come back. So many amazing animals, and plants. Everyone we meet who worked there were so super friendly. Love this place.
  • Really cool place. I've wanted to come for a couple of years and now that we did it was definitely worth the trip. It was very informative and fun. We even got to see some people doing the gator wrestling.
  • Fun stop for our toddler! Lots of reptiles and birds and tortoises for him to see, and even a few to touch. We spent about an hour seeing everything he was interested in. Glad we finally made the stop!
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