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Garden 461 Warren Frazze

Posted By maria coukoulis, Saturday, December 7, 2013

Everglades Holiday Park

21940 Griffin Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Before Steve Irwin and Jack Hanna brought there menagerie of exotic animals to millions of T.V. viewers, before Marlin Perkins traveled the world weekly on his own widely popular nationally syndicated T.V program, and before Jacques Cousteau revolutionized our understanding of the aquatic world, there was Warren Frazee aka "Alligator Joe”, the father of the pop culture phenomena of the cross hybrid of wildlife education, marketing, and tourism. It’s for these aforementioned reasons that I have chosen to dedicate a garden to him at the Everglades Holiday Park in South Florida. Alligator Joe was one of Florida’s first stars of early attraction of wildlife in Florida. He bridged the gap between wildlife and the surrounding human population, thus creating an understanding of Florida wildlife and in particular the Florida Alligator. He hunted alligators for the use in his alligator farms in Palm Beach and Miami, and was the original creator of alligator wrestling and its popularization in the tourism market.  The reason I chose the Everglades Holiday Park to dedicate a garden in honor of Warren Frazee was because they carry on the tradition of Frazee and exhibit alligators in many different attractions as a source of entertainment for tourists.  They also are located in South Florida which is where Frazee originated his alligator farms out of.  We are lucky to live in such a great state with so many amazing Floridians such as Warren Frazee to bring to life what our state has to offer.

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