THEME PARK VIEW­ING

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If you’re pressed for time and aren’t able to spare a day from the theme parks, you can ac­tu­ally see man­a­tees at SeaWorld Or­lando and at Ep­cot, which both serve as li­censed wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters. Each year, Dis­ney’s An­i­mal Pro­grams support the res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of more than 1,000 in­jured and or­phaned wild an­i­mals. The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Ep­cot is a des­ig­nated re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion site for res­cued man­a­tees. You can ob­serve the man­a­tees and watch as they de­vour an en­tire salad bar of let­tuce dur­ing feed­ing times. 200 Ep­cot Cen­ter Drive; www.my­dis­ney­ex­pe­ri­ence.com To date, SeaWorld has res­cued 500 man­a­tees. “You can come nose-to-nose with man­a­tees at TurtleTrek, or see them be­ing cared for at our Man­a­tee Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter on a guided tour,” says Michael Boos, vice pres­i­dent, zo­o­log­i­cal op­er­a­tions. “We’re proud of our ef­forts res­cu­ing and help­ing man­a­tees since 1976 and work­ing with oth­ers in Florida in cre­at­ing aware­ness for the need to save man­a­tees in the wild.” 7007SeaWorld Drive; www.sea­world­parks.com

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