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Hernando woman invited to Orangutan Health Project in Indonesia

Hernando woman invited to Orangutan Health Project in Indonesia

Brooksville, Florida -- Linda Christian of 100 Acre Wood Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. has been accepted as part of a 6-person volunteer team to attend a health project excursion to Sumatra, Indonesia on October 3, 2011.

The expedition involves field research data in a remote area with the goal of bringing knowledge of basic science, public health and wildlife conservation to areas dense with Orangutan populations.

Orangutans (translated into English as "Man of the Forest" from Malay and Bahasa Indonesian), which carry 97% same DNA as Humans, are susceptible to microbes and parasites, as are humans.

Check out amazing rescued animals!

Check out amazing rescued animals!

Citrus Park -- A trip through the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa isn't like going to the zoo.

Within minutes of being inside one of the world's largest sanctuaries for exotic cats, you'll see dozens of amazing animals.

They've been abused, abandoned, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for their precious fur coats.

Count the birds in your neighborhood

Count the birds in your neighborhood

Town 'N Country, Florida - Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January.

However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting tomorrow, Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins - and some of the best places to explore are right in Town 'N Country's backyard.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning <http://www.MyFWC.com/Learning>. In the left-hand menu, click "Fun Stuff." From there, look on the right side of the page under "Educator Links" for "Jr. Birder Program."

"Presents for Primates" at Lowry Park Zoo

"Presents for Primates" at Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, FL - Gifts for guenons, amusement for mandrills, cheer for colobus and more!

Primates unwrapped special presents from Zoo staff and docents as part of their enrichment program today.

Zoo visitors started the fun with the Bornean orangutan family including adult male "Rango" who turned 36 earlier this month -- the oldest Bornean orangutan living in an AZA-accredited facility. They then travelled around the loop to watch mandrills, guenons, Angolan colobus and siamangs make merry (or make a mess) with seasonal treats.