Okalee Village Admin Building and Serpentarium
The new Okalee Indian Village Administrative Building will serve as the operations center of the Okalee Indian Village & Zoo. This unique design was inspired by the Traditional Seminole Chickee with synthetic thatch roof and synthetic wood details utilized in a modern, sustainable and cost effective way. The very first business venture of the Seminole Tribe, this facility lends tremendous historical value to the Seminole Legacy. It was originally an exhibition of Seminole life and culture with authentic chickee huts that allowed Seminole wood carvers, traditional cooks, and clothing makers to demonstrate their skills for the public. The Okalee Indian Village was also the home of several beloved animals celebrated by the clans which were a reflection of the animals’ spirits they embodied. The zoo is now the home for bears, Florida panthers, snakes, otters, blue herons, deer, alligators and reptiles. The two-story, 6,000 SF area will provide a retail area, offices and cultural display. There will also be a 2,000 SF serpentarium. Okalee Indian Village staff offices and Tourism Offices are located on the second floor.