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Wildlife Walkabout and Activity Center Comes to 2024 Festival

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February 16, 2024


The Floral City Strawberry Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to its 37th annual event – the Wildlife Walkabout and Activity Center! This unique, interactive attraction promises to be a highlight of this year’s festival, offering guests an unforgettable wildlife experience. At no additional cost guests can walk through to learn educational facts and how they can help be defenders of wildlife conservation.

This engaging attraction is designed to educate and inspire, with a focus on wildlife conservation and how everyone can play a part in protecting our planet's diverse species.

Featured Animals and Attractions:

  • Mash the Sloth: A two-toed, captive-born, sloth known for his laid-back personality.
  • Boom-Boom: A rare Eastern Grey Kangaroo, The fastest and cutest Kangaroo species in the animal kingdom.
  • Bobae and Bubbles: Adorable Marmoset Monkeys, also known as finger monkeys from Brazil
  • Jake from Snake Farm: Colombian Red-Tailed Boa.
  • Swampy and Chomper: Our resident American Alligators, showcasing the beauty of the swamps.
  • Cappy & Hanna Bara: The gentle Capybaras, the largest rodents in the world.
  • Billy, Mama, & Waffles: A charming family of goats that are sure to win your heart.
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For an additional experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase feed cups for select animals and enjoy meet-and-greet sessions with select, professionally trained, animal ambassadors. These special encounters range from $5 to $50, with proceeds going towards wildlife conservation efforts.


Festival Highlights:

In addition to The Wildlife Walkabout and Activity Center, the Floral City Strawberry Festival boasts a packed schedule of activities and attractions, including the Strawberry Princess Pageants, pie eating contests, interactive fun with the Soccer Collies, arts & craft vendors, a wide variety of food options, a beer & wine garden, and exceptional musical entertainment. Not to mention, the festival will feature fresh local strawberries from Ferris Groves and the most delicious strawberry shortcake on the Nature Coast.


Admission to the festival is just $5 for adults, while children 12 and under enjoy free entry. Free parking and shuttle services are available, ensuring a hassle-free visit to the festival grounds. With something for everyone, the Floral City Strawberry Festival invites you to join in the fun and make lasting memories.

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