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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Prepare to linger at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Published August 31, 2009 - SunSentinel
Homosassa Springs is a refuge for orphaned or injured West Indian manatees and for those born in captivity. They average 12 feet long and 1,200 pounds. The mammals have no defense against predators; humans are perhaps the greatest threat through watercraft or fishing accidents and habitat loss.

On July 15, the park was named in honor of the late Ellie Schiller of Yankeetown, Fla., an environmentalist who supported the park and several area institutions through the Felburn Foundation. In the 1940s, the land housed an entertainment attraction featuring exotic animals. After changing hands through the years, it became a state park in 1989 and has grown to focus on native Florida wildlife and environmental education, says park services specialist Susan Strawbridge.
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