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Refuge Celebrates 25 Years of Protecting Manatees

(From baynews9.com)- The 80-acre refuge was founded 25 years ago in Kings Bay for the specific purpose of protecting the endangered West Indian manatee. The refuge consists of several small islands and more than 30 natural springs, which are critical for the manatee”s survival. Certain sections of the refuge become manatee sanctuaries during the winter months, where manatees can rest and feed without disturbance in the warmth of the springs. The refuge also helps to protect other species like the bald eagle and tarpon.

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