Essentially America

FLORIDA’S WILD AND WONDERFUL PLACES

TAKE A WALK, A BOAT TRIP OR A DIVE ON THE WILD SIDE AND YOU’LL DISCOVER AN AMAZING ARRAY OF FANTASTIC BEASTS

- By Kathy Arnold

When you fancy a walk on the wild side, Florida ticks all the boxes. Exotic wildlife is on the ground, under water and in the air. Just think of the official state birds and animals, such as playful dolphins and giant, gentle manatees. Sadly, as developmen­t encroaches on natural habitat, so the number of Florida’s endangered species has grown to 135. But holidaymak­ers can make a positive difference. Volunteer to monitor corals in the Keys; join a turtle walk to watch nesting sea turtles; collect litter on a Florida Beach Cleanup in Miami; or meet like-minded locals – then go for a pint afterwards..

 ??  ?? A gentle manatee, also known as a ‘sea cow’
A gentle manatee, also known as a ‘sea cow’
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 ??  ?? An osprey in Everglades National Park
An osprey in Everglades National Park
 ??  ?? A leaping dolphin off Marco Island
A leaping dolphin off Marco Island
 ??  ?? Alligators - photogenic but to be avoided
Alligators - photogenic but to be avoided
 ??  ?? A white egret in Anastasia State Park
A white egret in Anastasia State Park

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