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Friday, August 15, 2008

Refuge celebrates 25 years of protecting manatees

Published August 15, 2008 - Bay News 9
This weekend, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate a major milestone, and along with it, a quarter-century of protecting some of Florida's most beloved creatures.

The 80-acre refuge was founded 25 years ago in Kings Bay for the specific purpose of protecting the endangered West Indian manatee. The refuge consists of several small islands and more than 30 natural springs, which are critical for the manatee's survival.

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