64 daughter, Dorothy Tinney, and her family continue to operate the gardens today. The natural atmosphere is designed to attract environmental enthusiasts of all kinds. It is home to more than 150 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, different species of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles – many of them rescued or donated. Guests can enjoy jungle bird shows, reptile encounters and other wildlife wonders as they meander through serene nature trails filled with a variety of overhanging trees. Where else can you hand-feed free roaming flamingos, see baby alligators or pet a skunk? The park offers several shows every day led by experienced animal handlers. The Wildlife Wonder is a 20-minute show where audience members can learn about red-tailed hawks, owls, skunk and many other species as well. The dynamics of the show changes frequently so you never know what kind of mystery animal might make an appearance. The Jungle Bird Show is a 20-minute presentation about exotic birds. If you want to witness an adventurous 80- year-old cockatoo named Frosty ride a unicycle across the stage, you’ll enjoy this performance. You can learn lots of interesting facts about cold-blooded creatures at The Reptile Encounter. Animal handler Ricardo Carelli introduces Francis, a great horned owl, to the audience. There are a variety of animals and birds at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
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