Nature enthusiasts learned all about different types of reptiles and other animals Monday, July 8, at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens Zoo Camp. As part of the nine-week camp, campers held and petted snakes and lizards and watched an outdoor show that included alligators.
BY THE NUMBERS
9 — total weeks of zoo camp
300 pounds — weight of Ms. Attitude, Jungle Gardens’ female alligator
8 — Types of animals, inluding snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, bird of prey, parrots, insects and alligators
Kevin Ligon, seventh-time camper
What’s your favorite part about this camp?
I just like interacting with the animals.
What’s your favorite animal?
I can’t say; I love all the animals equally.
What kind of things do you do here?
They teach us about the animals and where they’re from. They teach us about all the different types of snakes and if they are venomous or not. It’s pretty fun.
What’s one of your favorite things you’ve learned here?
I like learning about snakes and reptiles I really didn’t know about when I was younger, and having fun. I learned a lot of games; we signed shirts on Friday. We have lots of fun.
Why would you recommend this camp to another kid?
If you like animals, and you like touching animals, and you’re not afraid, they let you go behind the scenes and feed them, pet them and hold them.
Why do you like animals?
When I was younger, my grandma took me here once. The first time I fed the flamingos, that’s when I started liking the animals. I asked, “Can I come here again?” Then (my grandma) found out there was a camp.
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