Manatee Eating Romaine Lettuce
Wood Storks, a Red Wolf, a Pink Flamingo, Green Herons all were some of the wonderful Florida animals and birds seen at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on August 15, 2018. The park is a small zoo that cares for orphaned wild animals, rehabilitated wounded wild animals or captive born wild animal species that cannot live in the wild.
There are three or four naturalist-led talks or demonstrations about the animals each day. I was fascinated to watch the Manatee Feeding talk where the naturalist told the crowd that the five Manatees at the park get fed 300 heads of Romaine Lettuce each day! The manatee shown in the picture here was fed such lettuce and I photographed that animal via an underwater viewing portal. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wood Stork Catching a Fish in the Stream
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
“Lulu” The Hippo
Black Bear and (visiting) Great Blue Heron