Who is Orlando’s “Most Loved Animal?” We need your help in choosing who will become the “face” of a new Frontier aircraft, and you can win free flights by voting for your favorite.
Love Orlando? Love animals? Do we have great news for you! Frontier Airlines and Visit Orlando are partnering with Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Gatorland, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, and Wild Florida to highlight some of Orlando’s most iconic animal species and the conservation efforts that help protect them. Better still, we’re giving voters the chance to win free flights to the Theme Park Capital of the World from Frontier, which offers more nonstop flights to Orlando than any other airline.
Read on for details about the animal candidates, then cast your vote by May 16, 2021, and share the love for your favorite on social media using #VoteOrlandoFrontierTail!
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Vote for Your Favorite for Your Chance to Win
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You are invited to choose your favorite animal nominated by Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Gatorland, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Wild Florida to determine which of the contestants will adorn the tail of a brand-new Frontier Airlines aircraft. Everyone who votes by May 16, 2021, will be entered into a drawing, with 10 lucky winners receiving $400 in flights from Frontier to Orlando.
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Meet the Contestants
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Gatorland, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Wild Florida all provide you with the unique opportunity to view amazing Florida wildlife and observe conservation efforts designed to protect various animal species. Each “contestant” was either rescued or is part of a species-preservation program operated by the organization it represents. They include:
Ella, the Florida Black Bear (Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens)
This 7-year-old, 260-pound Florida black bear was born in the wild, but she and a sibling were illegally removed from the state as cubs and were found living in a home with humans. As they had become accustomed to humans, the cubs were deemed unfit to be returned to the wild — but the Central Florida Zoo was happy to provide a home for them at the request of wildlife officials. Ella can be adored at the zoo’s Florida Black Bear Habitat and Bear Awareness Exhibit.
Located in Sanford, approximately 35 minutes north of Orlando’s main tourism districts, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to more than 500 animals, including an Insect Zoo, Reptile House, and a children’s zoo with animals that you can feed and pet. There’s lots more to enjoy, too, including 23 acres of native gardens, a splash playground and zip-line fun on ZOOm Air Aerial Adventures.
Larry, the Alligator (Gatorland)
Larry had been living in the wild at The Villages retirement community in Central Florida, where he was so popular with the residents that he even had his own Facebook page. Unfortunately, people were illegally feeding him, which could have led to a dangerous situation. Normally, alligators are euthanized under such circumstances, but Gatorland stepped in and Larry now resides in the park’s main lake … where he reportedly canoodles with several girlfriends and spends his days sunning on the grassy banks!
Encompassing 110 acres close to International Drive, Gatorland boasts thousands of alligators and crocodiles, as well as bobcats, Florida panthers, a petting zoo and more, plus their world-famous reptilian shows, all included with regular admission. It also offers several add-on experiences, including the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure and the Gatorland Express train, making it easy to build a full day of fun at Gatorland.
Save on discount tickets: Gatorland
Ted, the Loggerhead Turtle (SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium)
Ted’s name has a unique story: He was collected as a hatchling by the National Marine Fisheries Service and became one of the first turtles to test the Turtle Excluder Device (TED)! TEDs are escape hatches in fishing nets that allow turtles to escape if they are accidentally trapped. Sea turtles are an endangered species, which is why spreading awareness of Ted’s story is so vital. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is proud of Ted for helping to protect sea turtles across the United States!
One of many can’t-miss attractions at ICON Park® on International Drive, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium invites you to dive deep beneath the waves and closer than ever before to the wonders of the world’s oceans. Explore their 360-degree ocean tunnel and come face-to-fin with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and more, and take advantage of fun talks, animal feeds, special events and a children’s play area. There’s something for everyone at SEA LIFE!
Save on discount tickets: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Flurry, the Albino Alligator (Wild Florida)
Given that there are only about 100 in the U.S., albino alligators are already pretty rare. But Flurry and his siblings upped the ante by also being the only albino gators ever hatched at a facility open to the public! Their parents, Blizzard and Snowflake — also albinos — had spent years trying to generate offspring, and in 2019 finally produced a large clutch of eggs that led to the birth of Flurry and three siblings. By sharing Flurry’s story, Wild Florida aims to convert people’s fear of alligators into awe, respect and adoration for one of nature’s most incredible animals.
Just 45 minutes south of Orlando’s main tourism districts, Wild Florida features airboat rides on Central Florida’s gorgeous waterways and protected swamps, exciting Gator Park tours, and even a Drive-Thru Safari. In short, you can ride, walk or drive through the adventure of your choice! All told, you can see more than 200 native and exotic animals with your own eyes every time you visit Wild Florida.
Save on discount tickets: Wild Florida
To help select which of these amazing animals will be featured on a new Frontier Airlines plane tail and be entered for your chance to win one of 10 prizes featuring $400 in flights, vote here. Once you’re done, show love for your favorite on social media using #VoteOrlandoFrontierTail.
Voting will be open through May 16, 2021, so be sure to get in your vote for your favorite animal. Then you can come see all of them while enjoying Orlando’s many outdoor adventures during your next visit. Good luck!
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