Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Private Zoo's Before Regulation--John Slater Estate. Now they are called "Sanctuaries"

Self-made millionaire John Slater created his own nature center on the grounds of his Gulf-front Gordon Drive estate in Naples, Florida. A specially designed saltwater pool was home to sea turtles, seals and dolphins, including television star Flipper's sister, Flash. There were also cheetah, ostrich, kangaroos, etc. kept at the estate.

1 comment:

HotCold said...

My grandmother Lois Kerckhoff was friends with Mr. Slater. I have fond memories spending time on his estate watching the animals and I have a picture of me with a deer..