The staff at Gatorland Orlando knows a few things about preparing animals for incoming storms, especially as Hurricane Irma came down on them

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“This isn’t our first rodeo,” said park director Mike Hileman.

So animal caretakers prepared to wrangle some 2,000 alligators into outdoor water environments — and made sure area fences were secure over the weekend, as the north-central area of the state prepared for the wrath of Hurricane Irma.

“We have a detailed hurricane procedure in place,” Hileman said. “We have double fences, a large perimeter fence that goes around the entire property.”

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Meanwhile, other animals at the park — panthers, bobcats and goats among them — were moved to indoor areas to ride out the storm.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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