abandoned alligator park in the Florida Everglades (Image: Kerry Loggins; an abandoned alligator park in the Everglades)

Whatever the story behind this apparently-abandoned zoo may be, the faded signboard suggests that it’s been closed for some time. Well and truly overgrown, the words themselves may prove to be cautionary: “Live alligators: finest collection of Everglades animals”.

The majestic wetlands of Florida’s Everglades National Park are home to an incredible variety of plants and animals, including venomous snakes and deadly alligators. The dangerous reptiles are amazing to behold, but straying into their habitats can have deadly consequences – even the seemingly-abandoned ones.

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