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Gatorland Gutted By Fire
TikiGardener
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2006-11-06 10:31 pm   Permalink

Didn't see this posted about yet.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061106/ap_on_re_us/gatorland_fire_8

The blaze badly damaged the gift shop, entrance and some administrative offices. The giant concrete gator head that serves as the main entrance was charred, its white teeth blackened with soot, its mouth full of debris.

Two 8-foot-long pythons kept in a holding pen near the gift shop died in the blaze, as did a 5-foot crocodile, said Gatorland spokeswoman Michelle Harris. Another 5-foot crocodile managed to survive by dipping into a pond, she said.

The 110-acre park opened in 1949 and attracts about 400,000 tourists each year. It features people wrestling gators, a "jumparoo" show where the big reptiles leap for food, and up-close encounters where guests can hold snakes, scorpions, spiders and birds.

In all, Gatorland has a few thousand animals, said Tim Williams, the park's director of media production.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Officials will try to reopen the park as soon as possible, but it was unclear how quick that might be, Harris said. The gator mouth entrance may be salvageable.

"This park is like an old alligator. Gators fight, they get scarred up, they get beat up, they tear each other up, but they're resilient," Williams said. "This park's been here for 57 years. We're not going anywhere."






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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2006-11-07 07:52 am   Permalink

That's too bad - seems like a pretty neat old roadside attraction...

 
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kikekeki
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Joined: Oct 13, 2006
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From: the River of Grass in FlourDough
Posted: 2006-11-07 09:39 am   Permalink

I have fond memories of visiting there as a child.
Hope they get it back on it's feet soon!
Thanks for the post...


 
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TikiGardener
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Posted: 2006-11-09 9:11 pm   Permalink

Gatorland fire: Heating pad blamed

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20061109/ap_tr_ge/travel_brief_gatorland_fire_1


Gatorland Website
http://www.gatorland.com/

WARNING...It has some photos that are disturbing if you are a lover of roadside attractions and the glory days of kitsch. Really sad to see the Gator mouth entry gutted amid the ruins...






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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2006-11-09 10:09 pm   Permalink

Jesus!

 
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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2006-11-09 11:42 pm   Permalink

The Gatorland website said none of the "jumpin' gators" were harmed in the fire, but the first post said one died, plus the two pythons....

 
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