One of our more popular camp activities is the alligator management discussion with Corey Hunt. Corey has been working for years to safely trap and remove nuisance alligators from all over Mississippi. He is licensed and has often assisted the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in this capacity.
Did you know that the American Alligator can live up to 50 years and weight as much as 1,000 pounds? Corey brings in alligators to show our campers, but they aren’t nearly this large; his alligators are usually just 2 to 3 feet in length.
Our campers get to see a video about alligators and their habitat. One of the fun facts that kids will learn is that alligators are very fast. They can swim very quickly and on land alligators can run up to 9 or 10 miles per hour for short distances! Learn more about summer camps
One of the most important things that Corey discusses during his talk is the “live and let live” policy. Be very careful around alligators, don’t bug ‘em and they won’t bug you. He has a lot of stories to tell and our campers love to hear his tales.
Learn more about alligators here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw230
You can hear the sounds an alligator makes if you visit this site:http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/american-alligator/