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Gatorama hosts annual gator hatching festival

—Gatorama is hosting its annual Alligator Hatching Festival Aug. 23-Sept. 1 at its animal park at 6180 U.S. 27, Palmdale.

“This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of nature’s fascinating life cycles,” Allen Register said in a news release. “For the next couple of weeks we will welcome over three thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will actually be able to see these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.”

Visitors will learn about the history of the American alligator and how their population has been protected through “one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented,” the park said in a news release. American alligators have been off the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program.

Gatorama has added a new wetland area to its nature park. Visitors can hatch eggs under its new pole barn, the “Crackin Barn,” in August.

There will be four programs each day. Regular admission is $14.95. Children less than 5 feet tall are admitted for $6.95. Regular admission includes the educational hatching program.

For guests who want a hands-on experience, a “Hatch and Hold” package is available. This package allows the guest to actually hold an egg and let the baby alligator hatch in their hands. The cost is $15 on weekends and holidays and $10 during the week.

“We offer 15 prepaid reservations per program and another 100 or more eggs on a first-come, first-served basis each day depending on how many eggs are hatching that particular day are ready to hatch. This isn’t a drive-through instant experience. We are totally dependent on Mother Nature,” Register said.

For more information and directions, call (863) 675-0623 or go to www.Gatorama.com.