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Swim with tiger cubs in Pasco County

Swim with tiger cubs in Pasco County

Dade City, Florida - Dade City's Wild Things is holding their annual "Swim with the Tiger" and inviting all of Pasco County to join in on the cuddly fun for a great cause.

The event raises money for the facility, which is a non-profit sanctuary zoo located in Dade City which houses over 170 exotic animals and the facility is open to the public.

"Swim with the Tiger" allows members of the public to get into a swimming pool and interact with a tiger cub. 

The encounter is supervised by zoo personnel and last for 30 minutes.

Wild Things Zoo needs volunteers!

Dade City, Florida -- Ever thought you might like to get even closer to the exotic animals at Wild Things Zoo, like the stalking tigers, playing bears, roaring lions, mischievous monkeys, and swimming otters?

A great way to get even more involved with the animals is to volunteer for Wild Things, which is the public outreach program of the Stearns Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

On the Stearns website, there is a call for knowledgeable volunteers. The site explains more about what volunteering entails:

Wild Things Zoo offers Eco-Adventure to Pasco residents

Wild Things Zoo offers Eco-Adventure to Pasco residents

Pasco County, Florida (via Pasco County Tourism Blog) -- “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” We are not in Oz, but in Dade City on Pasco County’s east side. The yellow brick road leads to Dade City’s Wild Things Zoo. It’s a path winding under a magnificent tree canopy and though a spacious garden on the Stearns’ property. A two mile trolley ride from the gift shop on Meridian Avenue begins your adventure.

Kathy Stearns is your host and she has developed an ecotour that allows hands-on encounters with many of the zoo’s 170 residents. That path winds past various types of monkeys, black bears, tiger and lions.

Keep reading the official Pasco County Tourism Blog for more.
 

Adorable giraffe baby weighs in at 80 pounds

Adorable giraffe baby weighs in at 80 pounds

DADE CITY, FL (via Pasco County Communications)— Giraffe Ranch just welcomed another baby giraffe on July 6, 2011 to its growing herd.  The healthy boy newborn weighs 80 pounds and stands almost six feet. As in any giraffe birth his mother, Twigga, prodded the youngster to his wobbly legs. Twigga is the Swahili word for giraffe.

The proud father, for the second time in a month, Nchlulamithi, stood nearby. Nchlulamithi means “taller than the trees” in Zulu. The baby joins his brother (almost a month old) and older sister. The newborn joins the growing herd of five.

A naming contest continues for the baby born in June.  Submissions are urged to be creative and do not have to be as challenging as the parent’s names. Giraffe Ranch will take three to five finalists and then they’ll choose the baby’s name to be posted on the following sites: Girafferanch.com, Facebook and Visitpasco.net. Submissions can be also be sent to Pasco County’s Tourism page on Facebook.

Fish and Wildlife Commission announces blue crab trap area closure

Fish and Wildlife Commission announces blue crab trap area closure

The harvest of blue crabs from traps will not be allowed from July 10 through July 19 in the waters of Broward through Pasco counties. This closure will give authorized groups the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the coastal and inland waters in this area.

All commercial and recreational blue crab traps within three nautical miles of shore and in the inland waters of Broward County, south to and around the tip of Florida and north up the Gulf coast through Pasco County must be removed during the 10-day closed period.

The harvest of blue crabs by other gear, such as dip nets and fold-up traps, will still be permitted during the 10-day closure. The closure also applies to recreational harvesters who use standard blue crab traps, unless the traps are attached to private property.

Giraffe Ranch Farm welcomes new addition

Giraffe Ranch Farm welcomes new addition

Dade City, FL -- Giraffe Ranch Farm Tour welcomed a newborn giraffe to its growing herd, on June 16, weighing in at 125 lbs. and reaching 6 feet high.

The giraffe has not been named and the tour operators are requesting giraffe fans to post their suggestions to Pasco County’s Tourism fan page on Facebook.

The newborn’s mother's name is "Xirapha", which is Arabic for "one who walks swiftly", and is probably the word from which the English word Giraffe is derived.  The father's name is "ndhlulamithi" the Zulu word meaning "taller than the trees.”