Besides the skunk ape, they have a small petting zoo in the back. The guy that gave the tour was very knowledgable and I very much enjoyed my conversations with him.
I've seen people hand feed animals before but this is the first time I've seen a person mouth feed an animal. Oddly, this is the way this parrot prefers to get his cashews. If you'll notice in this picture, the parrots cheeks are a little pink. Apparently he only does that when there is a girl around. He's a big flirt and reacts immediately when there is a girl in the vicinity, regardless of the species of the girl.
I'm not experienced with birds much but he was a perfect gentleman and fluffed his feathers and would occasionally impress me with his limited vocabulary. It took about 5 minutes for this big bird to get overly heavy, but I very much enjoyed the experience.
This bird was the most affection bird I've ever seen. I didn't realize that birds like to cuddle! He curled right up into me and lifted his wings so he could get petted. He was the sweetest bird ever. If I had the time and energy, I'd be tempted to get one of these types of birds. He was very impressive.
I also got to hold this 3 year old gator. He was about 12 pounds and very docile. I got a rubber band around the nose just incase though, lol. It was still kind of fun to hold up an alligator.
There were a lot of snakes there also. I decided I didn't want to pet these though. Although my guide brought out quite a few for me to get a closer look at. The bunch he's holding in his hand below are all the same type of snake but they are different colors. Together it looks very cool.