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Alligator Show Offers Thrills

July 16, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The "Kachunga & The Alligator Show" is an action-packed, family oriented show, featuring the American Alligator. This informative and humorous presentation is owned and operated by Florida based corporation, Wildlife Entertainment and Education.

It all began in 1987 as a public awareness program in an effort to help educate school children about their environment. After his six-year term working for the Seminole Indians as their Curator and Head of Show Personnel, Gil Castillo, owner of W. E. & E., spent several years taking indigenous species of wildlife throughout the Florida schools system for lectures and exhibitions.

At every stop it seemed that the alligators were the hit of the presentation. It wasn't long before Gil recognized the potential of a show based entirely on the alligator. He began to promote his stand-alone act with the gator to the various corporate themed events throughout Florida.

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As the popularity of the show grew, so did the show itself. Taking on a stage, sound, lights and a new name, it was in 1989 that the Kachunga and the Alligator Show appeared for the first time at the Florida State Fair. Overwhelmingly successful, the show would then set its sights on the road.

For more than a decade, the Kachunga and the Alligator Show has thrilled audiences around the world. With literally tens of thousands of performances to its credit, today the Kachunga and the Alligator Show has proven to be one of the most sought after free grounds acts the history of the fairs and festivals industry.

Never straying from its original concept of education, this 25-minute performance involves two showmen and an 8-foot alligator. During the opening segment of the show, the emcee dismisses many myths and fallacies surrounding the alligator and replaces them with fact. Despite the obvious danger Kachunga places himself in to perform a show such as this, it takes on a more comical viewpoint as the emcee cracks jokes and one-liner, usually at his expense.

Once Kachunga successfully captures the alligator using only his bare hands, he gently lifts the 250-pound reptile up and out of its watery domain and gently places him onto the deck area for the next portion of the show.

From here the audience receives an up close and personal lesson in alligator anatomy as various features of the animal such as the eyes, ears and nose are pointed out, ending with a rare look inside the alligator's mouth as Kachunga opens it wide for all to see. Attention now shifts to some unsuspecting child chosen to help with final segment of the show.

With Kachunga holding the alligator in place, the emcee adds an unforgettable highlight to the show as he interviews his new guest. Although an irresistible target for the emcee, the child gets a chance of a lifetime as he interacts with Kachunga, the emcee and the alligator.

Since 1982, Wildlife Entertainment and Education has been a proud part of the conservation effort of the American Alligator as well as other American wildlife.

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