Gator Park Celebrates “Mr. Bo Mangles”
See you later alligator! Unless you find yourself in the heart of the San Luis Valley (SLV). And then you could very well be setting your eyes on the only albino alligator in Colorado. Say hello to Mr. Bo Mangles!
Colorado Gators Reptile Park is located in the heart of the SLV and is “the only high-altitude alligator farm,” now a full blown tourist attraction. The idea stemmed from convenience, really, as the site was originally a fish farm and the best way to dispose of the remains of that venture were gators. Today they also offer classes in gator wresting. Now, that’s got to be on somebody’s birthday wish list!
And if you’re looking for something a bit more subdued but that will capture the attention of your friends and followers, then remember, every visitor to Colorado Gators has the opportunity to meet, pet, hold, and take pictures with a little alligator! For $2 visitors can buy a bucket of “Gator Chow” to feed the alligators, and occasionally there will be dead fish available to feed to the alligators as well! The park also has several large African Sulcata tortoises that wander freely throughout the their own sections of the tour. Feel free to pet these tortoises, but watch your step, there are several low “tortoise fences” too keep each tortoise in his or her section.
Two of their most popular exhibits are the albino alligators, including Mr. Bo Mangles, and Morris the Hollywood alligator from “Happy Gilmore.” Some of the other reptiles you can see at Colorado Gators Reptile Park are: fearsome Nile crocodiles, Burmese pythons, a 17′ reticulated python, anacondas, red tail boas, 3 species of rattlesnakes, monitor lizards, tegus, geckos, iguanas, box turtles, snapping turtles, and caiman.
Who knew, a zoo, right in the middle of the San Luis Valley?! For more information visit: Colorado Gators. Oh and by the way, this Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24 is Mr. Bo Mangles Day and the park has a special they are promoting on their Facebook Page. Connect and find out how to get free passes.