Gator Country Grand Reopening and Mixer on March 10

Gator Country Grand Reopening and Mixer on March 10

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce is hosting a grand reopening and mixer for Gator Country on March 10 starting at 11:30 a.m.

Gator Country's mixer is celebrating the remodeling of the park, located near I-10 and Highway 365.

Gator Country is a safe haven for nuisance alligator and reptiles. Gary Saurage along with Arlie Hammonds and the team go out in the community, catching nuisance alligators and bringing them safely to a place they can live without harm, event organizer Shannon Williamson said in a release.

Also, Gator Country is a gator and reptile park where both locals and tourists can learn more about these animals in their natural habitat. The park includes Gators, crocodiles, caymans, venomous and nonvenomous snakes, tortoises, and many other reptiles.

"It is a wonderful learning experience," Williamson said. "There are many animals they can see up close and even hold and take pictures with."

Local school districts often bring classes on field trips. Gator Country's two most famous alligators are Big AL and Big Tex.

Big Tex is the largest alligator caught alive at 13 feet 8 inches. Big Al is a little over 13 feet.

"They have shows where you will see the handlers handle all these reptiles," Williamson said. "It is really amazing to watch and be able to interact! The Shamu show has nothing on the alligator shows!"

The remodeling added new ponds, buildings, and more accommodations for the public and incoming alligators, reptiles and other animals. Williamson added that now drivers on I-10 can see the parking lot as well as the big green alligator as you are passing through Beaumont.

Gator Country, located at 21159 FM 365 in Beaumont, invites the community to join us for lunch, drinks and entertainment as we celebrate our grand reopening.

"Come see what's all new at Gator Country! You won't want to miss out on the fun," the event flyer says.