Experience Nature Like Never Before

Come see our rescued alligators and crocodiles

Get Up Close and Personal With Rescued Alligators

Visit our alligator and reptile sanctuary

Do you love animals? Have you ever wanted to see a seven-foot alligator? Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary rescues and trains abandoned alligators. Our facility is also home to rescued tortoises, turtles, snakes, crocodiles, lizards and fish. We are passionate about protecting animals and sharing the wonder of nature with visitors.

Get up close and personal with gators from across the nation

Since opening in 2008, we've rescued alligators from almost 30 states. Many people adopt baby gators as pets, but soon realize that they can't take care of them on their own. That's where we come in. Our mission is to give those animals the best lives possible. Our team visits zoos every year to learn more about the best care techniques for our animals.

Plan your visit to the sanctuary today. Our hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every day.

3 ways to have fun at the sanctuary

There's plenty to discover at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary. Visit us to:

  1. Sponsor a gator to follow its development
  2. Feed and hold some of our animal residents
  3. Volunteer to learn, and even earn college credits

You can also attend our Spring Release event on April 27th and 28th. Join us as we move our alligators from their winter enclosures to the summer swamps. Check our Facebook page for more information.

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  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

    1698 M-66
    Athens, MI 49011

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    Phone: (269) 729-4802

    Hours
    Mon: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Tue: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Wed: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Thu: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Fri: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm