Wildlife Prevails At Pet Amnesty Day
Photos/text by Sandy Fahy
(from left) KyLee Diestelkamp, animal ambassador with the education department at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, introduces "Buca", a 5-year-old New Guinea singing dog, to John Humphrey of the USDA Wildlife Service at the recent Non-Native Pet Amnesty Day at Crest Lake Park in Clearwater. The zoo was among a number of wildlife organizations which featured exhibits at the event. Representatives of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on hand to accept exotic pets from people who no longer wanted them or were no longer able to care for them.
(from left) John Paner, Laura Paner and Sean Wallace of the Croc Encounters Reptile Park & Wildlife Center in Tampa display two young alligators and a turtle at the Non-Native Pet Amnesty Day in Clearwater on March 24. Croc Encounters is a non-profit volunteer and donation based organization devoted to promoting awareness for wildlife and habitat conservation.
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