Bernie is no ordinary alligator and he’s certainly no run-of-the-mill spokesgator. In fact, his journey is one that spans the globe and inspires kids across this big, beautiful planet to love and learn about nature, wildlife and even their own imaginations.
The year was 1921, and, magically, the forces of nature, which are often too mysterious for us humans to understand, brought Bernie to life in the countryside of Germany. Though this is not normally a favorable habitat for swamp-loving gators, Bernie thrived here as he grew up, and so did his curious spirit.
Bernie knew right off that he wasn’t going to spend his days just sunning himself on the toasty rocks. He was going to be a great explorer and adventurer. So, he hopped on a freighter and sailed off for America, where he landed on the bustling streets of New York City. Well, Bernie quickly learned that the big city was no place for a gator. His armored skin just didn’t seem to fit in with the fashionable folks roaming up and down Fifth Avenue. Besides, Bernie longed to experience the swampy wetlands he’d read about in books – a place filled with so many gators, it was actually called the “Home of the Alligator”.
So, Bernie set off for the famed South Florida Everglades.