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Wildlife Park Offers Fitness/Exercise Program

homosassa-wildlife-park-logo-Public invited to attend classes starting February 24-

The Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host exercise classes in the Florida Room in the park’s Visitor Center located on US 19 in Homosassa Springs. These exercise/fitness programs will be held on the following dates: Monday, February 24; Monday, March 10; Monday, March 24; and Monday, April 7, 2014. The classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 10:00 a.m.

The public is invited to join in any of the exercise classes. While you are encouraged to attend all four classes, it is not mandatory that you do so. Consult your medical professional before beginning an exercise routine. A donation of $2.00 per class is suggested and will benefit the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

Presented by Steve and Patti Griffith, all of the exercises in this program are focused on improving balance, range of motion and strength. Participants should wear lose clothing and “gym shoes” appropriate for exercising. Some exercises are practiced while sitting. Others, including balance, are practiced while standing. Your chair will always be nearby to help provide ease while practicing all balancing exercises. Exercises and practices are useful in improving your ability to perform normal, daily tasks.

After enjoying a fun-filled exercise class, take some additional time to enjoy the Wildlife Park. Regular park admission will apply for entrance into the Wildlife Park. For more information on this and other fitness related programs, please call the Park Office (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002, Mondays through Fridays.

For more information about Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org

Monday, February 24; Monday, March 10; Monday, March 24; and Monday, April 7, 2014.
9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
In the Florida Room at the Visitor Center
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

January 24, Wildlife Park To Throw Party For Lu, The Hippo’s 54th Birthday

~State park and local children will celebrate popular hippo’s Birthday~homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 54th birthday with two special birthday parties on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Lu has been a long-time resident of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has fans around the world. People come from all over to help him celebrate his birthday. There is an international club for people who love hippos called the Hippo-Lot-of-Us Club. They have a website and members travel to visit hippos. Every year members of Hippo-Lot-of-Us Club attend Lu’s birthday.

Students from Homosassa Elementary School will join park staff in wishing Lu a Happy 54th Birthday. The students will be encouraged to join in singing a special birthday song written and performed by park volunteer Vicky Iozzia. (Every year Vicky adds another stanza for his latest birthday). The children and other park visitors will enjoy sampling the hundreds of cupcakes provided by Just a Cupcake of Crystal River along with fruit punch.

Lu will enjoy a specially made birthday cake (purchased by Friends from Publix). In the afternoon, another party will take place during the park’s alligator and hippopotamus program. Lu will be offered another birthday cake as park visitors have the opportunity to join in the celebration of the birthday of Florida’s only resident hippopotamus. There will be a giant birthday card for visitors to sign to wish Lu a Happy Birthday. Lu has his own “Lu the Hippo” Facebook page.

Lu, an African Hippopotamus, was born at the San Diego Zoo on January 26, 1960. (Note: The park will celebrate Lu’s birthday on January 24th so the schoolchildren can participate.) He weighed 90 pounds at birth and now weighs more than 6,000 pounds. A vegetarian, Lu consumes 15 pounds of alfalfa hay, four scoops of herbivore diet and a five gallon bucket of vegetables and fruit every day.

A fixture at Homosassa Springs since 1964, Lu was a movie and television star with the Ivan Tors Animal Actors troupe, which wintered at the park while in private ownership. His credits include the 1960s movies Daktari and Cowboy in Africa, and television specials such as Art Linkletter Show and Herb Alpert Special.

For more than four decades, Lu has been a mainstay among the animals at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. When the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service purchased the attraction in 1989, the state planned to shift the emphasis of the park to native Florida wildlife and find homes for all of the exotic species, including Lu. Public support, however, led the state to grant Lu special Florida citizenship in 1991, allowing him to stay at the park.

Friday, January 24, 2014
10:00 am and at 12:30 pm
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa Springs, Florida

January 25 Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail

-Experienced and novice birders are welcome-homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a monthly bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail on Saturday, January 25, 2014..

An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail--one of 19 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the West Section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park’s Visitor Center. The bird walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended. Participation in the bird walk on Pepper Creek is free.

Pepper Creek Trail is approximately 3/4 mile in length and follows along the park’s tram road, connecting the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 and the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Participants can either walk back down the trail or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. There is no charge to use the Pepper Creek trail or to take the return boat trip.

Bird walks are planned for October, November, and monthly from January through April. For more information and to register, call (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

For more information on activities in Florida’s State Parks visit www.floridastateparks.org.

This event will take place:

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:00 a.m.
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa Springs, Florida

January 11, Wildlife Jeopardy: Skunks

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-January’s program to focus on Skunks -

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host a Wildlife Jeopardy program in the Education Center on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from noon until 12:30 pm. The program will be on Skunks. This month’s program will be held in the Garden Pavilion in the Garden of the Springs.

Read more: January 11, Wildlife Jeopardy: Skunks

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