You Can Help Hatch Adorable Baby Gators At This Louisiana Ranch Near New Orleans
Steve Irwin would be proud!
With the number of alligators of living in Louisiana (upwards of two million) they should seriously be the state animal. If you want to get an up-close and personal experience with the Bayou State's most prominent resident on four feet, you can visit this Louisiana alligator ranch where you interact with baby alligators before their razor-sharp teeth develop.
At Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery, baby alligators are raised until they're longer than four feet. This is due to their teeny-tiny size before they hit that length; they're targets in the wild. That's where this and several other ranches around the state step in.
After they reach their goal size at the ranch, a certain number of them are released back into the wild to aid in declining populations. Before they take on the wild, you can be their human mama (or papa) for a day.
The peak hatching season happened through September, but you still have the chance to help some of the late-bloomers hatch. You warm the egg in your hand and watch the alligator do its thing. If it struggles a little, you can assist them coming out of the shell. Warning: there might be blood.
This circle of life experience is subject to Mother Nature, and we all know how irregular she can be. If you don't get to see a baby hatch, you can still meet some of the adorable baby gators on a behind-the-scenes tour of the ranch.
You're guaranteed to hold one too, as you can pick one up from the pool. You'll probably never get another opportunity to look a gator in the eyes like this.
For any animal-lovers in the state, you can take on thisand after you become a gator parent.
Insta Gator Ranch
Price: $18 (tour), $40-$50 (hatching)
Address: 74645 Allen Road, Covington, LA 70435
Why You Need To Go: This is the only ranch in the state where you can personally interact with baby alligators.