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“A zoo by any other name”

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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Owner description: Rehabilation center for injured animals, with a broad selection of birds and reptiles, including the manatee.
Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“A zoo by any other name”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Admittedly, having been in Africa, I was expecting larger, more open spaces. This is basically a zoo. Some of the animals are in really small enclosures with netting to keep them in even though they are supposedly indigenous species for the most part.

Its good for kids to learn about animals, an interesting I suppose if you cannot get out and see them in their natural habitats, but somehow I find it a shame to see animals in small enclosures, and birds with their wings clipped.

Staff are courteous, and the underwater views of the fish in the bay are worth seeing.

To be able to say that this has "conservation" at heart as opposed to just blatant exploitation of animals in a "zoo", I would like to see more preentations about the environmental impact that continuous construction and building work in the area is having on King's Bay and its surrounds including the manatees, to alert Floridians - especially locals - about the increasing damage being done to this area. This park does not substantially address any of these issues.

Visited November 2012
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The Villages, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“An Excellent Opportunity for People of All Ages to Learn About and See Wild Life”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

A fantastic, well-maintained facility that offers an enjoyable adventure. Take a boat ride or
enjoy the tram in reaching the animal kingdom. This state park is very efficiently run and the
variety of animals is extensive for a rather small,but well layed out area. A number of shows
featuring the manatees, rhinosirus, alligators, snakes, birds, wolves, etc.

Several food restaurants/carts, restrooms,and gift shop available. Plan on about a three hour
time period. Free parking, AAA and RSVP admission discounts.

Visited August 2012
Thank Michael104
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Weeki Wachee, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Family Day”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Being able to view and go at our own pace was nice. Many animals and the shows were great. Our grandchildren especially liked this park.

Visited November 2012
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Inverness, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I very much enjoyed my visit. Visited on a weekday and it was very quiet early in the morning. Crowds arrived later. The manatees are the major attraction, but I enjoyed the birds and even the alligators. There is a boat ride if you are so inclined. Appeals to all age groups.

Visited February 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

What a great time! This is a must on anyones list! From the manatees, the alligators, the beautiful grounds! Love this place.

Visited November 2012
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