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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Manatees Returned To The Wild At Blue Spring State Park

Published February 20, 2007
Blue Spring State Park released two Lowry Park Zoo manatees Tuesday as a part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP). Wildlife experts returned the manatees, named "Dundee" and "Gene," to their natural habitats after several years of rehabilitation.

Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge where the water temperature remains a constant 72 degrees, creating a safe haven for the West Indian Manatee, a federally listed endangered species protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1972, the Marine Mammal Protection act of 1973 and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.

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