The second mission we had while we were in Alamosa was to visit Gator Farm. (follow that link if you dare, their site is terrible)
It was very cool. Essentially, its a tilapia farm, where they grow the fish (and over 400 alligators) in natural geothermal pools. The tilapia also act as food for the gators, and the waste water is filtered through an amazing collection of tropical plants and irrigates the plants that they grow to feed the herbivorous reptiles in residence. It’s incredibly eco-friendly, and from what we could tell, basically a closed system. They’re also right across the street from an 80-acre solar farm, which is really kind of creepy in a way.
A sad thing about the alligators here is that almost 1/3 of them were, at some point, pets that people could no longer care for. Fortunately, they found a home at Gator Farm, where they are well taken care of.
They also have some scary ostriches, and one lonely wallaby…..
There are several greenhouses that house fish, plants, and smaller gators and reptiles:
Well, that about sums it up. All in all it was an awesome weekend 🙂