Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Jungle Gardens, in Sarasota FL, is typical of the kind of tourist destinations that could be found all over Florida in the 50s and 60s, until the Mouse moved in and killed nearly all of them. Opened in 1936, Jungle Gardens is more of a small zoo than a botanical garden, though it has several walkways through both native and garden plants. Here are some photos from an afternoon at the Gardens.

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The Jungle Trail

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The park has lovely landscaping and hundreds of plant species

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The trail winds through a natural warm spring

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An American Alligator in the reptile show. Notice her jaws are taped shut so she doesn’t bite anyone.

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The bird show. The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is “Frosty”—she is 79 years old and has been doing the bird show since 1972.

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Macaw

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A Southern Copperhead gives a big yawn

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Yellow Anaconda, the smaller cousin of the much bigger Green Anaconda

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A waterfall and bridge

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A goat in the petting zoo. They have the coolest eyes.

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A chicken in the petting zoo

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The Flamingos are as tall as the tourists

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Feeding the Flamingos

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Indian Ringneck Parakeet. According to the keeper, he is supposed to be green, but he was born without any yellow pigment, which makes him blue instead. Lovely color.

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Eastern Screech Owl

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