JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Following the death of its 120-year-old alligator snapping turtle, Rambeaux, the Gator Chateau at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Park in Jennings sought to acquire a new turtle. Their wish has now been fulfilled thanks to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The Gator Chateau has welcomed two new residents: Pierre, a 75-year-old male alligator snapping turtle, and Belle, a 40-year-old female alligator snapping turtle.
The turtles were donated by the LDWF after being captured by wildlife agents on a reservoir.
The Jefferson Davis Parish Economic Development and Tourist Commission made the announcement Wednesday, and on Friday the Gator Chateau confirmed the good news.
Susan Daigle, Director of the Gator Chateau, said that the Gator Chateau also acquired two 3-week-old, male alligators recently, and a contest was held to determine their names. The contest received approximately 220 entries, and the winning names were T-Jacques and Alphonse.
The names for the new turtles at the Gator Chateau were chosen based on other top entries in the alligator naming contest as well as on a waiting list of "good, Cajun names," Daigle said.
In honor of Rambeaux, Daigle said that a group of Jefferson Davis Parish residents has volunteered to tan Rambeaux's shell, a process that could take between 8 and10 weeks. Once the shell has been processed, it will make its permanent home at the Gator Chateau.
For more information, contact the Gator Chateau at 337-616-4311 or visit them at 100 Rue de L'Acadie at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Park in Jennings.