Gatorland loans gators to Texas park damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Gatorland is lending 60 alligators to a Texas park that was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Gatorland in Orlando lending 60 gators to Gator Country
  • Texas park was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey
  • Gator Country lost about 50 gators to floodwaters

Gary and Shannon Saurage, owners of Gator Country Adventure Park and Sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas, picked up the gators on Saturday.

The park lost about 50 gators to floodwaters when Harvey hit the state.

“We are just so fortunate that Gatorland was not heavily damaged and we did not lose any alligators in the storm,” said Mark McHugh, president and CEO of Gatorland. “But even before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, we saw the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey and began looking for ways we could help.”

Saurage plans to put the donated gators in Gator Country’s signature pond and use them to educate the public. He also hopes to breed and yield about 100 baby alligators in the process.

“This will help us enhance our alligator population so much,” said Saurage. “I think this relationship between us will really set a precedent for alligator parks to come together and help one another.”

The alligators from Gatorland will be on loan to the Texas park for a year.

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