Social Distancing Skunk Ape promotes safety
As Central Florida attractions begin to reopen after quarantine, hand sanitizing stations are popping up, employees don face masks and informative signage about staying safe is in place. But Gatorland has taken safety to the next level.
One of the wildlife park’s classic characters got a makeover to become the Social Distancing Skunk Ape who ensures the wellbeing of park guests.
“The Florida Cryptid knows all about keeping away from others and is perfect for the job,” Gatorland said in a press release. “He tends to be more elusive than his cousin, Bigfoot … ”
You may remember Skunk Ape from his inpark appearances as well as his stints on Gatorland’s YouTube show “Gatorland Vlogs” and Facebook morning show “School of Croc.”
kids who watch School of Croc calling Skunk Ape their hero,” said Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s president and CEO, in the press release. “Our super fans and park guests will learn a lot from him, for sure.”
Skunk Ape encourages guests to stay at least 6 feet apart.
“Man, he’s insistent that you stay distant,” said Savannah Boan, Gatorland’s animal education ambassador and crocodilian enrichment coordinator, in a YouTube video promoting the new Skunk Ape.
He’s also making sure hands are clean, which Bubba and Cooter learn the hard way when they don’t properly sanitize or wash their hands and face the Skunk Ape’s wrath.
“It’s always wise to sanitize,” Boan said in the video. “He won’t be mean if your hands are clean.”
And you can take a piece of the Social Distancing Skunk Ape home with you, as Gatorland is selling Skunk Ape shirts.
Gatorland is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.
Tickets are $29.99 for ages 13 and older, $19.99 for ages 3-12, $24.99 for ages 55 and older and free for children ages 2 and younger (save $3 off adult and child admission when you purchase online). For more information, go to gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.
Gatorland is promoting safety within the park with the Social Distancing Skunk Ape.