These rare and mystical creatures from the Louisiana bayou will captivate your imagination. Go ahead, take a long look. Legend has it that those who gaze upon these beautiful reptiles will receive good fortune.
Journey to the African savannah and encounter the continent’s largest and most impressive avian scavengers. Cape Griffon vultures, hooded vultures, and Marabou storks squabble and bicker over their prey at the 10:30 am feeding demonstration held on most days, while graceful West crowned cranes stride across the exhibit displaying their photogenic plumage.
Discover exotic birds and five monkey species (two of which are endangered) from almost every continent as you meander past our lush exhibits. Say hello to an inquisitive macaw, then snap some photos of limb-swinging primates ranging from mouse-sized pygmy marmosets to playful red-ruffed lemurs.
Many of the world’s most impressive reptiles, small mammals, and birds are native to Florida. The state’s rich bio-diversity is on display daily at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, so come check out some of these fascinating animals from our own back yard.
Uncover the incredible history of crocodilians on our planet. You’ll be amazed at the resemblance today’s surviving species share with their ancient predecessors, but the immense size of those extinct species challenges the imagination.
At a massive size of almost 18 feet long and nearly 2,000 pounds, Gomek was one of the largest crocodilians to ever live at a zoo. He originated from the waters of New Guinea, and lived out much of his adult life at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Gomek is now tastefully preserved and surrounded by our collection of rare and beautiful hand-carved Papua New Guinea art.
Step into the ultimate crocodilian experience as you trek past exhibits featuring every recognized crocodilian species from around the world. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is the only facility in the world to offer this incredible opportunity. From the small Chinese alligator to the rare Indian gharial and Nile crocodile, you’ll see animals that you may never see anywhere else.
Native to Madagascar, these beautiful, playful primates swing and dart through the branches using their long tails. Their inquisitive faces and fun-loving antics make lemurs one of the most beloved of all primates, but the Red-ruffed, Ring-tailed lemurs and Black and white ruffed lemurs are endangered species.
Come face-to-face with impressive 15 foot 3 inch, 1,250-pound Maximo, the largest animal at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. A saltwater crocodile, or “Saltie” as his species is called in Australia, Maximo hatched from an egg collected by aborigines along an Australian riverbank. He grew to his adult size at the Cairn’s Crocodile Farm. With an underwater viewing window, we’re proud to give you the chance to see our most magnificent animal up-close.
Check out Egyptian artifacts, replicas of famous antiquities, and of course our stunning Nile crocodiles! This Egyptian-themed habitat features different viewing elevations and angles that make for intriguing observation and photography. You may even come face-to-face with one of the more visually stunning vipers known to man, the Gaboon viper! In addition, Oasis on the Nile can be traversed by Crocodile Crossing zip line adventurers, who will enjoy an aerial view of these spectacular reptiles.
Meet members of one of the most feared reptile families on the planet. Our python exhibit features a huge constricting python capable of feeding on large mammals, as well as several smaller varieties of python. And don’t forget to check out the video playing at the exhibit. You’ll see just how many keepers it takes to measure over 21 feet of pure muscle.
Descend into the land Down Under, the saltwater crocodile’s realm. This exhibit is the largest expansion in the zoo since 1893 and displays an impressive list of birds and reptiles from the Australian continent, including the extraordinary Southern Cassowary, the world’s most dangerous bird.
These furry and fascinating mammals have a powerful grip for life in the trees. Hoffman’s two-toed sloths are the zoo’s slowest moving and most topsy-turvy residents. They spend almost their entire life hanging upside down except for brief excursions to the forest floor or for a swim. Our pair of sloths share their rainforest habitat with other species from the tropics.
Interested in getting up close and personal with our Hoffman’s two-toed sloths? CLICK HERE for information about our Rainforest Sloth Encounters.
Native herons, egrets, spoonbills, and wood storks seek the security of our Alligator Swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming beneath the oak branches, the birds know their young are safe from tree-climbing predators. Our wooden walkway allows for incredibly intimate views of Florida’s magnificent wading birds on their nests. Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year. Visit from March through June to see the most nesting activity with the birds in full breeding plumage.
The Rookery Blog includes status updates and natural history information about the native bird rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The natural alligator swamp area of the park attracts hundreds of pairs of wading birds that nest literally feet away from the boardwalk. This blog contains a plethora of nesting activity data so photographers and bird watchers can best plan their visit.
Regularly recorded rookery updates are also available at (904) 824-3337 option 9. Visit our Rookery Blog for more information.