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Sunday, October 16 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Student Field Trip to Wall’s Alligator Farm

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Offsite - 26946 Blood River Road, Springfield, LA 70462 (view map). An excursion to a nearby alligator farm has been coordinated to introduce students attending the SEAFWA to this aspect of wildlife management. Louisiana (as well as other southeastern states) has an active alligator farming program, which is an example of sound wildlife management. Louisiana’s program allows for legal permitted egg collections of eggs from wild nests, with later return of some “head start” juvenile alligators to replace the eggs collected, many of which would be lost to high natural mortality if left in the field. Alligator farmers incubate and hatch the eggs, then raise the alligators to the 3’ – 6’ size classes, where hides are used to produce high-end luxury leather goods for international fashion markets. Alligator meat is also used extensively, both domestically and internationally. The field trip will allow students to view recently hatched alligators, yearlings, and larger juvenile alligators in a captive setting. Discussions of this multi-million dollar industry and how it is a clear example of sustained use management will be provided. The field trip is limited to the first 50 students that signed up. Photographs are not permitted on site.


12:30
  • Meet with van driver at main entrance of hotel
  • Review schedule and directions
  • Exchange cell phone numbers
  • Load students into vans
1:00
  • Leave for Walls Alligator Farm - Springfield, LA
1:50
  • Arrive at Walls Alligator Farm
  • Meet LDWF Alligator Program staff and Walls Farm staff
  • Tour facility/overview of alligator industry
  • Live demonstration – alligator tagging and release
5:00
  • Return to conference hotel


Sunday October 16, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Offsite

Attendees (6)