John Brady, wildlife photographer, will reopen Everglades Wonder Gardens
1:09 PM, May 23, 2013
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -
A photographer is planning to reopen former animal attraction in southwest Florida as a botanical garden.
Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs closed its doors last month after 77 years.
Its remaining alligators, crocodiles, snakes, turtles, deer and bobcats were moved to Gatorland in central Florida.
Wildlife photographer John Brady tells the Naples Daily News that he and the owners of the Everglades Wonder Gardens property have agreed to convert the attraction into gardens that host community events.
Brady says he worried that the Wonder Gardens closure would mean losing a piece of local Florida history.
One of the property's owners says Brady is a perfect fit for the project.
The new gardens will include a museum highlighting the attraction's history and a gallery featuring Brady's photography.