Mike Thrasher, Wooten’s COO and Group Sales Manager, received the Public Relations Star Award in this year’s Paradise Coast Tourism Star Awards.
Lola, Meet Zimba: New Pair, New Home
Lola the lion moves into her new roomy enclosure. A generous visitor to donates special toys for her to play with.
Q&A with Wooten’s Owner Aashish Patel
The local News-Press just published a Q&A with Wooten’s owner, Aashish Patel.
Donating to Junior Achievement Auction Gala and Charity Golf Tournament
Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours has donated a Grasslands Airboat Tour for 4 guests to the Breaking Par for Junior Achievement Auction Gala and Charity Golf Tournament. The two-day event includes a gala dinner and live silent auction on Saturday, April 25.
A Sanctuary for Wildlife in the Everglades
Master naturalist Bob McConville published a story about Wooten’s Animal Sanctuary in the Coastal Breeze News. He talks about our tigers and lioness, as well as alligators, crocodiles, snakes, and more. Thanks, Bob! Read the full article.
Meet Daruba, Wooten’s White Tiger
A new resident has moved into the Animal Sanctuary at Wooten’s! Daruba is an 8-foot long, 600-pound white tiger. He joins Daisy, a Siberian tiger who has lived at Wooten’s for many years. The two are getting along well. Daruba has lived in captivity his whole life. When his owner became ill and could no longer care for him, we were …
The New Gladesmen
The Florida Weekly Business Observer recently wrote an article about the owners of Wooten’s. Here’s an excerpt: Since they acquired Wooten’s one year ago, the Patels estimate 100,000 visitors have come through the gates of the property that hugs U.S. 41. So far, they’ve spent $600,000 fixing up the place, including animal enclosures that house 60 alligators, two panthers, two …
New Owners to Improve Wooten’s Airboat Tours
EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. – Wooten’s Airboat Tours, an airboat tour company near Everglades City, was recently purchased by the Patel family of Fort Myers. The previous owner, Gene Wooten, inherited the company from his father, Raymond Wooten, in the early 90s. When Raymond started the company in 1953, it was the first Everglades airboat company in Southwest Florida. George Patel …
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