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Deals for humans: A wild daycation for Florida residents

You’ve undoubtedly been on a vacation.

Did you know? We have a classically-trained chef at Wild Florida

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What could be better than barbecue?

When the barbecue is prepared by a classically-trained chef and you can enjoy it on a covered deck on the shores of Lake Cypress. Yes, that is better than just plain ol’ BBQ.

Pulled-Pork-SandwichYou know Wild Florida for the 200 animals in our Wildlife Park or the airboat rides on Lake Cypress, but you might not know about the great barbecue being cooked up in our Chomp House Grill.

The Chomp House Grill is more than just a place to get a quick sandwich, drink or ice cream. Executive Chef Ramon Ayala is firing up the smoker with apple, cherry, mesquite and hickory wood to bring out real down-home flavor in the barbecue chicken and pork.

If you are up for a taste of old Florida, try our Swamp Sampler – Gator, Turtle, Catfish or Frog Legs.

Ramon is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and has more than 18 years experience in the restaurant business. Prior to coming to Wild Florida in June of last year, Ramon was restaurant manager for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando and worked at T-Rex Restaurant in Downtown Disney.

Executive Chef Ramon Ayala (531x800)Ramon may be at home putting a Latin twist on the barbecue being served up at the Chomp House Grill, but he isn’t afraid to show his true culinary colors for a special event at Wild Florida.

You may come to Wild Florida for the animals and the airboat rides, but we host a lot of birthday parties, weddings, business meetings and other special events.

One of Ramon’s signature dishes is a pan-seared duck breast with wasabi mashed potatoes. But, if you would like something a little more traditional, Ramon can do that too.

Recently he fired up the grill and cooked 600 burgers and 375 hot dogs over an open fire for an event at Wild Florida that attracted 1,000 people.

If you want an Italian menu or something more All-American, Ramon can do that too. Ramon loves being able to reach into his culinary bag of tricks to deliver. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gator-shaped cake for a birthday party or an elegant dinner for a wedding.

IMG_6477 (800x772)We will let you in on a little secret Ramon has cooked up for the Chomp House Grill. On the menu is something called the Chef’s Special — a grilled burger topped with pulled pork served with steak fries.

He’s always working on something new so he can make your visit to Wild Florida a little extra special.

Did you know? We have a classically-trained chef at Wild Florida

What could be better than barbecue?

When the barbecue is prepared by a classically-trained chef and you can enjoy it on a covered deck on the shores of Lake Cypress. Yes, that is better than just plain ol' BBQ.

You know Wild Florida for the 200 animals in our Wildlife Park or the airboat rides on Lake Cypress, but you might not know about the great barbecue being cooked up in our Chomp House Grill.

Glad to See Our Love of Bears is Shared

black-bear-80637_1280Everyone at Wild Florida airboats cares about the black bears here and we are happy to report that as part of its efforts to assist local law enforcement agencies participating in its black bear training program, The Humane Society of the United States has donated 24 black bear hazing kits to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These kits will help teams learn how to effectively haze bears that may have entered residential areas looking for food or just exploring the neighborhood. These materials are being delivered free of cost to support non-lethal methods of keeping bears away from human contact.

Black Bear Hazing Kits in Florida

The black bear training program is designed for Florida law enforcement agencies. According to The Humane Society website, the kits contain, “a can of pepper spray that works to deter bears, a holster for the bear spray and 10 rounds of bean bag ammunition for hazing black bears.” The Humane Society received the bean bag ammunition at a reduced cost from Amtec Less-Lethal, a Florida-based ammunition manufacturer that is in full support of the project.

Protecting Black Bears in Florida

We are pleased to see larger agencies taking steps to protect black bears in Florida with non-lethal methods of control. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bears that are given access to food sources, such as garbage bins or barbecue grills in area neighborhoods, adapt quickly and may not be shy to contact humans as a result. This can put people at risk of an attack and bears are not afraid to travel long distances to track down food — including crossing bridges and roadways. This is why it is so important for residents to keep garbage away from bears by securing trash receptacles with a bear-resistant container or by protecting a garden by putting up an electric fence.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also encourages homeowners associations and local government agencies to institute ordinances that reduce the risk of attracting wildlife. See black bears on your next Wild Florida Airboat tour! Book your tour by calling 866-532-7167 today or send us a message online.

Glad to See Our Love of Bears is Shared

Everyone at Wild Florida airboats cares about the black bears here and we are happy to report that as part of its efforts to assist local law enforcement agencies participating in its black bear training program, The Humane Society of the United States has donated 24 black bear hazing kits to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These kits will help teams learn how to effectively haze bears that may have entered residential areas looking for food or just exploring the neighborhood. These materials are being delivered free of cost to support non-lethal methods of keeping bears away from human contact.

Want to Provide an Amazing Activity at a Party? Hire a Gator Handler

Gator_smallerAre you planning a party for a large group this season? Keep everyone entertained by hiring a professional gator handler from Wild Florida airboat tours! We love introducing people to the world of Orlando alligators, snakes, and other critters that roam the Florida Everglades and can send a professional gator handler to your next event to provide a hands-on experience like no other!

Keep the Crowd Entertained with a Gator Experience

Not many people have the chance to encounter a Florida alligator during their lifetime and at most, will catch a glimpse of a gator swimming in a swamp or trekking through the marshland. Give kids and adults of all ages a chance to learn about alligators and even touch an alligator safely with the help of one of our gator handlers. Our trained professionals can come to your home, office, convention center, school, or other event venue and set up a hands-on experience with a real alligator. Whether your guests want to hold a gator or just learn more about the life of a gator, everyone will have a chance to try something new with our unique gator experience.

Booking a Gator Handler for Your Next Event

Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, social gathering, or sporting event, choose from one of several exciting packages we have available to really make your event one worth remembering! We have a team of trained gator handlers on staff ready to introduce you and your guests to alligators and share some valuable information and facts about the Florida gator. This can be a fun and educational experience for all event attendees and offers plenty of photo opportunities.

Consider booking your own Orlando alligator experience with one of our gator handlers at your next event. Contact Wild Florida Airboat tours today to book your package.

Want to Provide an Amazing Activity at a Party? Hire a Gator Handler

Are you planning a party for a large group this season? Keep everyone entertained by hiring a professional gator handler from Wild Florida airboat tours! We love introducing people to the world of Orlando alligators, snakes, and other critters that roam the Florida Everglades and can send a professional gator handler to your next event to provide a hands-on experience like no other!

The Wild Boar Gets a Bad Rap

boar-284685_1280Wild boars are medium-sized animals and a close relative of the domestic pig. They are native to Africa, Europe, and Asia, but you will find them in the Florida wild or at a zoo. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the wild boar (also known as the wild pig or wild hog) can be found in all of Florida’s 67 counties in a variety of habitats, something you will probably see on your Florida airboat ride. Some tend to flock to pine flat woods and freshwater marshes, while others settle in to palm hammocks and sloughs around the region. The wild boar usually travels alone or in a small group and feeds on all types of animals and plants.

Wild Boar Hunting in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that wild pigs are the second-most popular large animal hunted in Florida. Hunting and trapping of wild pigs is permitted on private property with landowner permission and hunters can use rifles, shotguns, bows, pistols, and shotguns. Florida’s Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Programs do provide a number of public hunting opportunities and helps to prevent overcrowding. Hogs can be taken during most hunting seasons except during the spring turkey hunting season.

Interesting Facts About the Wild Boar

The wild boar is an interesting species and can survive in a variety of habitats. They prefer to live in deciduous forests but you can find them in many tropical rainforests, grasslands, and taiga as well. They are not yet listed on the endangered species list but do have a lot of enemies in the wild, including tigers, bears, leopards, lynx, and of course, humans during hunting season. They feed off of seeds, fruits, leaves, berries, eggs, worms, snakes, and other small animals. Males tend to live a very solitary life except during mating season which runs from November through January. Mothers typically take care of the babies on their own and young wild boars depend on their mother for the first several months of their lives.

Catch a glimpse of the Wild Boar on your next Wild Florida tour or Florida airboat ride! Book your tour by calling 866-532-7167 today or send us a message online.

The Wild Boar Gets a Bad Rap

Wild boars are medium-sized animals and a close relative of the domestic pig. They are native to Africa, Europe, and Asia, but you will find them in the Florida wild or at a zoo. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the wild boar (also known as the wild pig or wild hog) can be found in all of Florida’s 67 counties in a variety of habitats, something you will probably see on your Florida airboat ride. Some tend to flock to pine flat woods and freshwater marshes, while others settle in to palm hammocks and sloughs around the region. The wild boar usually travels alone or in a small group and feeds on all types of animals and plants.

What Exactly Hides in the Water and Weeds in Florida’s Fresh Water?

On a Florida airboat tour, you will see a ton of Florida wildlife, but have you ever wondered what exactly hides in the water and weeds in Florida’s fresh water? Unless you’ve had a chance to explore the Florida waters on a snorkeling expedition, it’s unlikely that you’ve been able to see the vast array of underwater species and the secret world of fish, alligators and turtles. A University of Florida graduate student, who has been working on a camera to peer through the dark waters, discovered a variety of bass, alligators, turtles, and gar in their private moments.

A Closer Look at the Florida Freshwater

The camera was originally designed to assess fish populations in the freshwaters of Florida but has managed to capture ‘surreal grottos of hydrilla in a big lake not far from Orlando’, according to a recent story in the Orlando Sentinel. The student stated that very few people have ever even seen what lives in hydrilla, and it was interesting to discover such a diversity of animals in the waters. The structure of hydrilla is much like a dense forest for fish and other underwater species, making it an attractive environment for the mating game.

Aquatic Plants in Florida’s Freshwater

According to FloridaLakefront.com, Florida’s native freshwater aquatic plants include a variety of native grasses and pondweed that are submerged in both the shallower and deeper areas. Tape Grass, Sago Pondweed, Florida Bladderwort, and Coontail are a few of the most common plants found in the waters. Free-floating and floating-leaved plants such as water meal, the smallest flowering plant on earth, is found in Florida’s rivers, ponds, lakes, and sloughs. You might also discover a variety of grasses, sedges, and rushs, including Maidencane, that can grow up to six feet long and serves as protection for wildlife nests and is also a source of food. Soft rush is found in several clumps around Florida’s fresh and saltwater wetlands.

To learn more about Florida’s precious ecosystem, call us today to reserve your airboat ride at 866-532-7167 or stop by and check out our Wildlife Park. We promise that Wild Florida Airboats will renew your appreciation for nature and Florida itself!

 

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