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Alligator Adventure

Alligator zoo offers alternative to beaches

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BY WPDE

Many people recognize South Carolina's North Myrtle Beach as a sandy getaway, but it is also home to one of the largest alligator breeders in the world.

Alligator Adventure is a 15 acre zoo that boasts close to a thousand alligators along with other animals.

Although alligators are native to southeastern areas such as South Carolina, the zoo provides a chance for visitors to experience the animals in a closer setting.

"You're taking a walk on the wild side. I mean this is kind of not usual, all of the alligators that we have here and people just find that to be very fascinating," said Travis Correll, a zoologist at Alligator Adventure.

According to Correll, the zoo has attracted a large span of visitors.

"We're a fan favorite. We get people from all over the country, sometimes even other countries will come here," he said.

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Alligators are naturally afraid of humans, but Correll still warns the new hires about his main safety precaution: "Rule number one I tell all of them is 'Don't get bit. Don't get bit. Don't get bit."

He and the other employees make sure that the alligators stay "fat and happy" so that they are not a threat.

Most of the time, visitors need to stay behind the fences to observe the animals, but they do have a chance to get "up close and personal," according to Correll.

Animal enthusiasts can visit Alligator Adventure to see (but not feed) the reptiles.

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