Ochopee, Florida: Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

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Trail Lakes Campground

40904 Tamiami Trail, Ochopee, FL
Trail Lakes Campground. On US Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail around four miles east of Hwy 29, south side.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify)
Adults $5.00
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Cast of the footprint of the Skunk Ape. Skunk Ape Research Headquarters
Ground Zero for facts about a mysterious and smelly biped who stalks the Florida Everglades. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Skunk Ape Research HQ. Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

There was not much information available on the Skunk Ape, but we got a great tour of the petting zoo. The tour guide not only let us hold a baby alligator, but let the alligator bite us as well. The over 20-foot-long python was impressive, the birds and tortoises were very friendly, and the alligators in the outdoor ponds were intimidating.

The high point of our visit was the gentleman who shared with us his extensive knowledge of snakes, reptiles, and amphibians. We learned a great deal and left with a big piece of snakeskin.

[Margaret Guyette, 02/08/2013]
Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

This is a must-see jewel--my kids (4 and 11) and I spent well over an hour getting a personal tour of the "zoo" in the back and loved every minute. Not a single word was spoken about the Skunk Ape, but we learned a ton about birds, epiphytes, snakes and tortoises!

[missy, 05/09/2011]
Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

Skunk ape themed gift shop, "evidence," etc. There's a concrete gorilla at the campground entrance.

[Nancy McCaskey, 05/23/2005]

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters is in the office/gift shop of Jack Shealy's Trail Lakes campground. It's Jack's brother David who's on a mission to hunt down the elusive swamp creature, and tell its story at Skunk Ape HQ.

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