Two juvenile American Alligators are now on view at the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center. Hunting Island received the two reptilian babies from the Savannah River Ecology Lab, which uses nuisance alligators for research and educational purposes. The newcomers are the offspring of nuisance gators. They are about a foot long and weigh about a pound, according to Megan Stegmeir, HISP Interpretive Ranger.
Named “Bonnie” and “Clyde,” the two alligators live in an environment that was designed and constructed by Senior Ranger Brandon Bowers, using funds donated by the Friends of Hunting Island, which raised $3,000 for the project. The beautiful 14’ x 10’ enclosure was designed to look exactly like the gators’ own natural habitat, featuring a small lagoon and native plants. It is built around a panoramic photo of the maritime forest of Hunting Island.
The enclosure will be a permanent exhibit, but the Nature Center’s permit requires that Bonnie and Clyde will have to be returned to the SREL when they reach a length of three feet, which will take about three or four years. When that time arrives, the Center will welcome a new pair of juveniles to entertain and educate park visitors. Photo Credit: Bethany Conner
Discover Carolina provides students in the lowcountry an opportunity to study their local natural resources in a non-traditional environment while improving upon their academic skills. Local students are fortunate to transform Hunting Island into their own classroom.
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Do you remember enjoying the "great outdoors" as a child? Now you can come and play outside at Hunting Island State Park and learn about the outdoors while having fun and staying active. Just some of the programs that are available include Crabbing, Cast Netting, Lighthouse Tours, Creatures of the Night, Barrier Island Ecology, and even Knot Tying!
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