2009 Florida Winter travel blog

A manatee iinside the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

The large pod of manatees in the wild

Taking a breath

Lu the Hippo is the only animal in the park who isn't...

Endangered Red Wolves

Red Fox

Whooping Crane

Pair of Whooping Cranes



Sandhill Crane and Ibis

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes with spoonbills and other birds

Sandhill Crane

Bald Eagle

Two Hawks

Another manatee takes a breath

Scratch my belly!

We are here

The old sign

We left the wildlife park and drove to the waterfront in Old...

A Spider monkey on Monkey Island in Old Homosassa - these monkeys...

We spent the morning driving through the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. It was a fun drive but we didn't see any wildlife. We spent the afternoon exploring the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park and Old Homosassa. I feel like these wildlife pictures are cheating - I took them in a wildlife park, not in the wild! The first thing we saw in the park was the manatee area where they have several manatees that live there in captivity. Just outside the park in the Homosassa River was a huge pod of about 50 manatee in the wild. Most of the animals in the park were brought there because they are injured. Many of the birds have injuries. The birds aren't in cages. They stay there either because they are injured or because they are wll fed.

After the wildlife park we drove to the waterfront in Old Homosassa. One of the attractions there is Monkey Island. Someone brought Spider Monkeys to this tiny island that is now their home. Unlike the Rhesus Monkeys in Silver River, these Spider Monkeys can't swim.

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