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Male Florida Panther

The Homosassa Springs, FL wildlife state park functions as a wonderful small zoo.  The animals and birds here are orphans, rehabilitated from previous injury, or were born in captivity.  These animals, for many reasons, would not be able to successfully live in the wild.  Nearly all of these animals are Florida natives (The hippo came from the San Diego Zoo originally, and is over 50 years old).

There are bears, manatees, deer, eagles, flamingos, bobcats, foxes, Red Wolves, all sorts of other larger birds, two endangered Florida Panthers, Whooping Cranes, and alligators.  I highly recommend this park.  The adult entrance fee is $13.00 and less for the kids.  The park is just about 90 miles away from Orlando and is near the Gulf of Mexico, North of Tampa.  The park’s wildlife walking path is shady, paved and is about a mile long through the exhibits.

I will share more pictures in my next post.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.

Cara Cara bird

Manatee

“Lulu” The Hippo

 

Black Bear and (visiting) Great Blue Heron

Roseate Spoonbill

Whooping Crane

Comments on: "A Visit to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park" (1)

  1. Something I did not mention in my post was that I have seen “Lulu” the hippo, in two different states! When I was a little girl I saw her at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California. She was born there in San Diego in 1960 and moved to Florida for movie and television work in 1964. I was thrilled to have seen the same animal in two states over 50+ years!

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