SPI Nature Center to Open Alligator Sanctuary
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – New plans for a nature center mean bringing up to 100 alligators to South Padre Island.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to the South Padre Island Birding Center organizers about how they’re doing it and how they’re keeping the public safe.
Before the nature center came to be, the area was a wetland for the city's water plant.
After the boardwalks on the island were built, the center inherited a number of alligators.
Center naturalist, Javier Gonzalez says the alligators have no interest in leaving their freshwater sanctuary for salt water.
He says one day they’d like to be able to remove nuisance alligators from places in the Rio Grande Valley and bring them to the nature center.
For now their goal is to educate people about the popular animal, now a part of the Valley.
They say Gator Country in Beaumont will supply the new alligators and the permits the center will be using; the first arrival, Big Padre, is expected in two weeks.
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