Mention the Gator Boys cast in South Florida and you’re sure to get a few smiles. Alligators are the sunshine state’s most beloved (and feared) reptile, and over the years the Gator Boys cast members have become local celebrities recognized well beyond the borders of the sunshine state. With a bite that’s more powerful than a lion, quick reflexes and an average weight of nearly 200 pounds, the American alligator is intimidating to say the least. When it comes to catching and handling gators, no one does it better than Paul Bedard and the Gator Boys. So what is it really like to be a Gator Boy in South Florida?
What They Do
For several years, Paul and the Gator Boys cast have been tasked with visiting different locations throughout South Florida to capture nuisance gators who have wandered into ponds, swamps, and even backyard swimming pools. Once on location, Paul jumps in after the gator, braving who knows what in unknown waters. Locating nuisance gators isn’t always easy, but it’s only the beginning as the team works to catch the reptile using nothing more than bare hands and some rope. After the gator is secured, Paul drags it onto shore where it is loaded onto a truck and taken away. In a recent interview, Paul explains that the most “challenging” part of rescuing gators isn’t facing them, but getting close enough to secure their snout with the rope. He insists he’s never frightened, but admits finding them in the water is sometimes “daunting”. In some cases, by the time he arrives on scene, the gator is gone.
A Rescue Effort Through and Through
The Gator Boys cast and crew is passionate about saving the lives of gators, believing whole-heartedly that relocating nuisance gators is the most humane solution. That may very well be true, because gators who are caught and captured in residential areas by trappers are generally sold for meat and skin. Paul and the team work tirelessly to bring well deserving gators to a safe heaven, or sanctuary where they can live comfortably. For many alligators, that place is Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.
The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at Everglades Holiday Park
Everglades Holiday Park is proud to be the official home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, an effort which began through Paul’s selfless efforts to save alligators from trappers. Today, the park is proud to showcase the rescued gators as part of a day of adventure families enjoy while visiting the Everglades. With guided airboat tours, live gator shows (performed by the Gator Boys) and up-close animal encounters with interesting creatures, visitors come face-to-face with wildlife while enjoying the most exciting natural attraction in South Florida - the amazing Everglades.Paul insists that he rarely gets frightened, even when facing ferocious gators in the water and that’s no surprise, because Paul and the Gator Boys cast and crew at Everglades Holiday Park are experts when it comes to handling Florida’s ancestral dinosaur.Many of the “Gator Boys” episodes are filmed here in Everglades Holiday Park, and a lot of our guests enjoy getting the chance to meet the stars of this hit television series. Guests on our gator tours also love experiencing our world-famous “Gator Pit,” after an airboat tour, featuring one of the show’s stars. While we can never be sure who will be appearing on what day, if you’re interested in meeting the Gator Boys’ cast – Paul, Chris and Ashley – you have a good chance at Everglades Holiday Park.In addition to experiencing the sheer beauty of the Everglades and enjoying a day on the lake fishing, you might even meet a star! In any event, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime and you’ll have the pictures to prove it. Visit the Gator Boys at Everglades Holiday Park today! This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog,