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Texas Zoo plans to say goodbye to alligators

By Gheni_Platenburg
April 8, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2011 at 11:09 p.m.


Gary Saurage is the co-owner of Gator Country as well as the head alligator handler featured on CMT's GATOR 911. Saurage settled in Beaumont after a tour in the U.S. Air Force where he started an 18-year career in law enforcement. Saurage then started a successful alligator guide/hunting service, which in turn led him to becoming a conservationist and champion for the American alligator. As a result, he built Gator Country, a 15-acre adventure park and reservation for alligators, crocodiles and snakes. Saurage has participated in many studies on the American Alligator and holds one of only a few nuisance alligator hunting permits in the state. Saurage lives in Beaumont with his gators, Mo and Chubbs, and his two children, Callie and Kyle.

Gator 911 chronicles Saurage's adventures as a conservationist and owner of Gator Country, as he and his team work in dangerous waters to rescue gators from unusual places and deliver them to their new refuge.


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WHEN: Wednesday

WHERE: The Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive

WHEN: A meet-and-greet with Gary Saurage will take place beginning promptly at 10:30 a.m. The gator exchange will take place afterward.

COST: Regular zoo admission

Seniors 55 and above - $3.50

Adults 13 and above - $5.

Children 12 and under - $4.

Active/Retired Military (w/ID) - $4.

Toddlers 2 and under - Free

Members are free

Adios. Sayonara. Auf Wiedersehen. Au Revoir. Ciao. Aloha.

No matter what language you say it in, The Texas Zoo invites Victorians to come out and say goodbye to their longtime alligators on Wednesday.

The zoo will move its three large alligators to a refuge and bring in two smaller alligators.

"The three large alligators agitate each other and sometimes fight so we are trading them out for smaller ones," said Andrea Blomberg, executive director for the zoo. "I know the alligators are going to a good place."

Gary Saurage, of Country Music Television's reality show Gator 911, will do the gator exchange.

The zoo's current alligators will go to Gator Country, Saurage's refuge park in Beaumont.



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