Bear & Otter Habitats


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Meet Fast Eddie. Fast Eddie is a North American River otter, and he is quite fond of the ladies! Fast Eddie was an orphaned cub that was rescued and hand-fed, so is now imprinted to trust humans and can no longer live in the wild. He came to Flamingo Gardens about 12 years ago to live with other otters.

Patches is our female otter, who was hit by a car. Although now rehabilitated, Patches is missing an eye and would have difficulty finding food in the wild; she would probably not survive. 

Fast Eddie and Patches are part of one of the most successful otter breeding programs in the United States. Otters at Flamingo Gardens have produced over 32 offspring since the program started in 1989. These otters have been released into the wild or sent to other breeding programs at sanctuaries across the US. Perhaps our program’s success can be attributed to the setting among all the other wildlife and our loving animal care; but maybe it’s just Fast Eddie! 

Fast Eddie, Patches, Spanky and Bella are looking forward to their new home at Flamingo Gardens. The new otter exhibit will be bigger, with a larger pond, better viewing areas, a hurricane-proof night house, and multiple areas for the otters to build dens. The new exhibit will further improve the success of our breeding program and result in more otters released into the wild.

Flamingo Gardens relies solely on the support of the public for financing. Your donations will help give Fast Eddie, Patches, Spanky, and Bella, a new and improved home at Flamingo gardens, and help provide for the otters’ future. 

Click here for Otter Habitat Gift Opportunities.

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DEDICATION DONORS ($25,000 or more)
Batchelor Foundation
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PLATINUM DONORS ($10,000 to $24,999)
American Environment Foundation
Friends of Flamingo Gardens
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Meet Josh. Josh is an easy going 600-pound Black bear, who enjoys being around people. Josh has spent his youth, since he was a bottle-fed cub, working for a wildlife education program
 where he made appearances at schools, birthday parties and other events.

In 2010 the facility lost their state permit to house Josh, who is now 14 years old and retired. Josh has since been living in Okeechobee at 
Animal Adventures, an exotic animal facility, while waiting for a new home. 

Josh is a healthy, happy bear, less than midway through his life expectancy, who is too tame to be released into the wild. Once fed by people, a bear is likely to walk up to humans expecting hand-outs of food and would be considered a threat.

Flamingo Gardens has worked hard to bring Josh back here to live out the remainder of his life in a new roomy and enriching environment with rocks, palm trees, and his own pool. 

Josh has spent his 14 years in a 20 by 20 foot enclosure- far from ideal for an animal his size. His new Flamingo Gardens exhibit is 80 by 100 feet, allowing ample room to roam and run. He can able to splash in his own 3’ deep pool, designed to resemble a pond, and play with an assortment of logs, balls, and other toys designed to stimulate him. Most importantly, Josh is back among people who love and care for him. 

Josh’s new home opened officially on September 21. You helped make our goal of $140,000 to bring him here and we THANK YOU! Our work is not done though; it will still take additional funds to feed and care for Josh each year. Josh’s food alone is estimated  to cost $8,000 per year. 

Flamingo Gardens is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies solely on the support of the public for financing. Your donation will help care for Josh in the future. 

The Bear Habitat Capital Campaign is now closed. You may still donate to help feed and care for Josh though- simply donate to the Everglades Wildlife Fund and tell us you want it to go to the bear! 

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In memory of Russell Piranio
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In Memory of My Husband Bernard Soberman
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Ximena & Alejandro Villapalos
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Amy Welch & Barry Jacobson
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Jackie Wood
Laura Wyatt

If your name is misspelled, in the wrong catagory, or missing please email Keith at or Claudia at or call (954) 473-2955.
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