Conservation is a major part of the Alligator Attraction’s mission. Wildlife plays an important role in the health and balance of Florida’s environment. Our goal is to educate residents and visitors about the abundant reptile and aquatic wildlife found in Florida to ensure their survival for future generations.

Conservation has become increasingly important as human activity and global warming negatively impact the habitats of these majestic species. Fewer natural habitats remain each year. The habitats that do remain are degraded and bear little resemblance to the wild areas that existed in the past. Habitat loss due to destruction, fragmentation and degradation of habitat is the primary threat to the survival of wildlife.

Endangered species live in danger of becoming extinct because of low or falling populations, or because they are threatened by environmental stress.

Major Dangers to Wildlife

Climate Change

Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe. It causes dangerous changes to the landscape of Florida, adding stress to wildlife species and their habitat. Since many types of plants and animals have specific habitat requirements, climate change could cause disastrous loss of wildlife species. Changes in average rainfall translate into large seasonal changes. Hibernating mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects are harmed and disturbed. Plants and wildlife are sensitive to moisture change so, they will be harmed by any change in moisture level. Natural phenomena like floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning, and forest fires.

Unregulated Hunting and Poaching

Unregulated hunting and poaching is a major threat to wildlife.

Pollution

Pollutants released into the environment are ingested by a wide variety of organisms. Pesticides and toxic chemical being widely used, making the environment toxic to certain plants, insects, and rodents. These toxins are then ingested by topline predators like alligators.
Perhaps the largest threat is the extreme growing indifference of the public to wildlife, conservation and environmental issues in general. The over-exploitation of resources can decimate a species in just a few years. The over use of wildlife and plant species by people for food, clothing, pets, medicine, sport puts stress on species when people take more than the natural world can supply.

The danger is that if we take too many individuals of a species from their natural environment, the species may no longer be able to survive. The loss of one species can affect many other species in an ecosystem.

Deforestation

Humans are continually expanding and developing, leading to an invasion of wildlife habitats. As humans continue to grow they clear forested land to create more space. This stresses wildlife populations leaving them with fewer homes and food sources in which to survive.

Population

The increasing population of Florida is a major threat to wildlife. More people in Florida means more consumption of food, water and fuel, therefore more waste is generated. Major threats to wildlife are directly related to increasing population of human beings.

Alligator Attractions Species Status

Least Concern (LC) is a conservation status assigned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to species or lower taxa that have been evaluated but do not qualify for any other category. Many common species, such as the giraffe, american alligator, golden eagle, red fox, plains zebra and humans areassigned to the least concern category.

Vulnerable (VU) is a conservation status assigned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to species or lower taxa that are likely to become endangered unless the circumstance threatening its survival and reproduction improve.

Vulnerability is mainly caused by habitat loss or destruction and vulnerable species are closely monitored.

Near Threatened (NT) is a conservation status assigned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to species or lower taxa that maybe considered threatened with extinction in the near future, although it doesn’t currently qualify for the threatened status. The IUCN note the importance of re-evaluating near threatened taxa often or at appropriate intervals.

Crocodilians

American Alligator (Alligator mississippienis) - LC

Tortioses/Turtles

African Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcate) - VU
Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) - LC
Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) - LC

Amphibians

Kassina (Kassina maculata) - LC
Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina orientalis) - LC
Banded Bull Frog (Kaloula pulchra) - LC
Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys cranwell) - LC
Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea) - LC
American Toad (Bufo americanus) - LC

Lizards

Bearded Dragon (Pagona barbata) - LC
Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) - LC
Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) - VU
Gargoyle Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus) - LC
Argentinian Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae) - LC
Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) - NT
Uromastyx (Uromastyx aegyptia) - NT
Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) - LC
Cuban Knight Anole (Anolis equestris) - LC
Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) - LC
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus) - LC
Ornate Monitor (Varanus ornatus) - LC
Chinese Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus)- LC
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