Next, are two more endangered species housed at Homosassa: Red Wolves and a Florida Panther.
The wolves were very shy. I read somewhere there were supposed to be three, but I only observed two.
In my lifetime, I have two two fleeting glimpses of Florida panthers in the wild. Both times it was during the daytime on a lonely stretch of highway. They were so fast that after each sighting, I wondered if I had really seen what I thought I saw.
Here's another photo of the eagle pen. I posted the first in the image bank flag category. There were actually three eagles in the enclosure. Besides the eagle in front of the flag, there's one in the background to the right of the tree, and another on the right under the green foliage.
These kestrels must be difficult to keep inside a pen.
Thank you, nycgirl. The animals were lovely, and I felt really exhilarated to be able to get so close.
I believe bixa is right about several of the animals remaining in the park for breeding purposes. The hope is to continue building up the populations of endangered animals such as the cougar, peregrine falcon, and whooping crane.
I had no idea there was a species of bobcat in Canada, Deyana.
Bumping this up for Breeze. If I was headed to the Hernando County area I'd be sure to visit Homosassa Springs.
On a very personal level, this was a very bittersweet trip for me. I made the stop on the way to a memorial service for my cousin, and while I was photographing the bears I received a call from my oldest cousin that our last surviving uncle had just died. I need to return to Homosassa Springs so I can replace those images.
Since this trip, where I noted I hadn't visited a zoo since the 1980's, I've also been to the fabulous zoo in Paris. They've certainly improved many zoos over the past few decades.
Thanks, htmb. I remember now that I read this thread at the time, but I wouldn't have thought to look it up before our upcoming trip. On the way back from Florida, yes, I'd remember it.
Your pictures show why we go to Florida. One of our best previous experiences in Florida was visiting Wakulla Springs, and Homosassa seems to have even more of interest. I'm emailing our friend, hoping we can put this on the agenda.
That clear sunlight on sparkling water has me glued to my screen to avoid looking at the unrelenting white outside.