Posted by Edwin Bowe on June 23, 2022 at 10:52 pm
Location: Gatorland, Orlando, FL
The relationship between the alligators and the birds at Gatorland is somewhat complex. On the one hand, the alligators deter raccoons and other predators from raiding the nests. On the other hand, if the nest is too close to the water, the alligators may actually jump up and take the nestlings themselves. In addition, the alligators serve as a good perch for the birds to use during fishing – assuming they stay away from the “business end” of the alligator.