Natchitoches Alligator Park Owners Deborah and Terry Rogers announced they were closing the park for good in May of 2020. A short time later, on June 29, the Rogers announced they’d found a family that would love to carry on their legacy: Gary and Shannon Saurage.
Gary opened Gator Country in Beaumont, TX in 2005. Gary and his team are known for rescuing nuisance alligators from people’s backyards, ponds, swimming pools, as well as gators stranded after severe weather like hurricanes and floods. Gator Country’s team of experts round them up, willing or not, and bring them to safety, which is a 15-acre preserve.
The new owners have already announced that the opening day for Gator Country Natchitoches will be April 1, 2021. In addition, the new owners will also continue the park’s partnership with Paragon Casino in Marksville. Shows in a natural swamp exhibit, which Terry is well known for doing at the casino, feature the park’s amazing alligators and help to educate the public on the American Alligator.