American alligators are a symbol of the southeastern U.S., but overhunting in the 19th and early to mid-20th century nearly eliminated wild populations. Thanks to protective laws enacted in the 1970s, American alligator populations have recovered and are now again abundant in their historical range. Like all crocodilians, American alligators display complex maternal care.
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American alligators are part of our ambassador animal population at the Wieland Wildlife Home. Look for one or more of our American alligators sunning in the front glassed area of the building, as they spend a large amount of time there when they’re not out educating guests on education programs or animal encounters.