"Skunk Ape" Enforces Social Distancing At Florida's Gatorland

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Orlando's Gatorland reopened to visitors on 23MAY, and that means the wildlife park had to think up ways to ensure and enforce social distancing.

Cue the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, Gatorland's new woolly health-and-hygiene mascot.

The shaggy creature was already familiar to Gatorland fans from advertising and in-park appearances. But now the Skunk Ape has been rebranded to encourage Gatorland visitors to stay at least 6 feet apart from one another, wash their hands frequently, and make use of newly installed sanitizer stations throughout the park. 

Gatorland introduced the new mascot in a rather weird and wacky video

"Gatorland has gone above and beyond any other place in the entire world. We would like to introduce to you the king of keeping away from each other, the Social Distancing Skunk Ape," announces the blonde pig-tailed host before the camera pans to a furry Bigfoot-resembling creature in the bushes. 

"Our staff, led by the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, will be watching to make sure that everyone stays six feet apart," she continued. 

And if anyone has difficulty remembering all the safety protocols they're encouraged to follow, the video clip's kitschy, catchy rhymes might be able to help... Like "Man, he's insistent that you stay distant!” and "It's always wise to sanitize!"

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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