During the late 19th century, tourists were fascinated by the many exotic animals found in Florida's roadside attractions. The alligator was a popular animal showcased by many attractions. Founded in 1893, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the state's oldest tourist attractions.
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Founded in 1893, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of Florida's oldest roadside attractions.
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L-R: Bernard Buck, Phyllis Trask, Rosemary Tully and Eddie Janowicz.
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In 1935, Joe and Grace DuMond founded Monkey Jungle near Miami, Florida. Monkey Jungle became one of the first tourist attractions to allow its animals to roam freely around the property.
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Founded by Franz Scherr in 1936, Parrot Jungle in Miami, Florida, is one of the area's most well known roadside attractions. Trained macaws are a main highlight of Parrot Jungle.
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This salmon-crested cockatoo, named "Pinky," is a native of New Guinea.
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Lily Champagne, billed as "The World's Only Blonde Performing Porpoise," leaps high out of the water in a two and one-half turn somersault at Marineland of Florida. Lily differs from her gray bottlenosed cousins only in color, or lack of it. Her eyes appear to be the color of light wine (champagne amber). Her skin is a delicate blend of pastel shadings of tan and pink. There is no trace visible of the gray coloring common to her species.
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The Gulfarium project was started in 1954 by Brandy Siebenaler at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It opened on August 15, 1955, with a staff of about 20 trained professionals. Gulfarium is also one of the first major tourist attractions in the Florida Panhandle.
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Seaquarium in Miami, Florida, opened in 1955, and remains a popular destination in southern Florida.
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