Nobody makes it easy to see manatees from shore in Homosassa, but you can

A couple bridges and a wildlife center are your best shot around Homosassa. Otherwise head 1 hour to Tampa Electric or 2 hours to Blue Springs

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Homosassa Wildlife Park: Manatees in rehab and wild in the river

Crystal River Manatee

Probably the easiest and most reliable way to see manatees on the Nature Coast in northeast Florida is at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, right off the main drag, route 19. You can see female manatees that can’t leave and young manatees that will be released someday getting fed at the Manatee Care Center. Plus, it’s one of the very few places in the area you might get to see wild manatees from the shore (easier on you and the manatees)–provided you show up in January or early February.

Like pretty much all the Homosassa manatee attractions, it’s hard to get your head around where the logistics. The wildlife park used to be a private zoo in Florida’s roadside zoo attraction heyday; the lone hold-over is the hippo, Lu, now 51. Otherwise, it now only takes native wildlife that can’t live in the wild because they were injured, sick or raised in captivity.

The park has a big parking lot and outpost on route 19 but the real action is closer to the shore. You either take a pontoon boat (they leave about every 15 minutes) or you walk. Or, you can just drive there. The park really begins deep in the pretty, winding Spanish moss covered roads of old Homosassa.

Captive manatees getting fed at Homosassa Wildlife Park

Some people will tell you the park only has captive manatees. Not true. Wild manatees visit the area. I heard varying accounts of

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SeeTurtles.org expanding to see (and help) other wildlife

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SeeTurtles.org is expanding to show people how to go see and help animals around the world with seethewild.org

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Sweden’s wolf hunt has coffins and reindeer herders, but largely an echo of the US fight

Sweden’s battle of wolf hunts plays out like the U.S. one, with invented scientific reasons for a hunt that pits rural v. urban, the environment v. livestock

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Mexican wolves get good news, but is it enough to turn the species around?

Mexican Wolf Release

Mexican wolf numbers are up slightly, the FWS actually released two and a new management is in the works. But is it enough to save this stalled species rescue?

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Wolf seminars in Midwest; crazy wolf hunting bills out west; good news for big cats

leopard with crazy big spots

A Republican congressman introduced a bill to allow MT and ID to manage their wolves (that is, hunt them to extinction). Meanwhile, WI and MI have wolf classes

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Idiotic exotic pets in the news: attacking chimp, drugdealer serval, wandering monitor lizard & turtles

News today is full of the bad consequences of idiotic exotic pets, from the face-eating chimp to 10 soft-shelled warm weather turtles dumped in NJ. A drug dealer’s serval find a home at a CT museum. Monitor lizard stalks LA.

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Hunter shoots Assateague wild horse; Yellowstone wolf poisoned by banned compound

Wild Horse Grazing

Hunters shot and killed a 28-year old mare on MD’s Assateague National Sea Shore. 1080 poison was what killed a Yellowstone wolf that wandered to CO.

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Woolly mammoths comeback in 5 years; FL monkeys decline

Japan to clone woolly mammoths soon. FL monkey colony down to 20 animals. Porcupine class in WI. Why Mexican wolves get crappy “experimental, non-essential” label

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Hunters shoot 3 more whooping cranes; picture Palin targeting animal research lab workers

Whooping Crane Hunts

Add three more dead bodies to hunters’ have a long history of shooting endangered whooping cranes. Imagine if Palin had posted a map with cross-hairs on animal research labs. And a tour of other animal news.

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