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On May 20, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park celebrated its 125th anniversary. The Alligator Farm was founded in 1893 as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles, and it soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. In 1937 it was purchased by W.I. Drysdale and F. Charles Usina, who began acquiring additional animals from other alligator farms, zoos and museums, and by the 1950s, The Alligator Farm had become world famous. In the 1970s, scientists from the University of Florida began research on the premises, and exhibits were improved, with additions including the theater, outdoor amphitheater, and the stunning rookery boardwalk.
The Alligators Farm's appeal was widened further with the opening of the Crocodile Crossing zip line in 2011 and Python Challenge climbing wall in 2014. The Alligator Farm's newest exhibit, Oasis on the Nile, is a large exhibit showcasing Nile crocodiles and amazing Egyptian artifacts. The attraction features feeding shows, bi-level crocodile viewing opportunities, and expansive exhibits of Egyptian artifacts and replicas of famous antiquities. For more information, visit .http://www.alligatorfarm.com/.