Wonder Gardens offers expanded experiences for summer

https://www.leefamilynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Animal-encounters-photo-2-scaled.jpgWonder Gardens offers expanded experiences for summer

The Wonder Gardens is offering enhanced guest experiences for the summer. Guests wishing to get up close and personal with some of the attractions can schedule a Wild Wonders Animal Encounter. Habitat Chats planned on Thursdays also offer new and additional experiences.

Wild Wonders Animal Encounters will allow guests to feed Sulcata tortoises, Rainbow Lorikeets and American alligators. The Animal Care and Education staff will lead guests on an adventure that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to at least an hour. Encounters are offered at the discounted off-season rates of $20 per person for Wonder Gardens members and $25 per person for nonmembers, plus park admission. Guests may visit Wondergardens.org to view availability and book an encounter for 11:30 am on select days.

In addition, Wonder Gardens has added Habitat Chats at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Habitat Chats are a new and interactive way guests can learn about the animals at the Gardens. Currently, the experience combines an alligator feeding demonstration with information about diet, conservation and fun facts. The Chats are offered for all Wonder Gardens visitors without additional cost. Topics and demonstrations are subject to change.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the customer experience, while continuing our mission to educate,” said Neil Anderson, executive director. “We received feedback from guests that they would like more in-depth encounters, so we combined our lorikeet, tortoise and alligator experiences.”

Guests for the encounters must be age 5 and up. Closed-toed shoes are required. All encounters must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of six. For parties of less than six, other paid participants may be added to the group.

Larger groups of 10 or more people may schedule a guided tour at 10 a.m. followed by an Animal Meet and Greet experience by emailing education@wondergardens.org with the group size and date preferences. For information, visit wondergardens.org/product/wild-wonders/ or call 239-992-2591.

The Wonder Gardens is located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

— familynews
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