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The Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River:

CRESTED CARACARAMany of the animals at the Sanctuary come from habitats associated with the Loxahatchee River. Around the River there are a variety of habitats including cypress wetlands, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and mangroves.

The Loxahatchee river covers approximately 210 square miles in southern Martin and northern Palm Beach Counties. This meandering river winds through fresh water habitats, continues through brackish water mangrove communities to finally join salt water from the Jupiter Inlet. The entire system is home to many species of wildlife including Bald Eagles, Osprey, River Otter, Alligators, While-Tailed Deer, Turtles, and many others.

In 1986, the Loxahatchee River was federally designated as Florida's only "Wild and Scenic" River. Part of the Loxahatchee River District's mission is to provide public education, and to conduct research on the Loxahatchee River. Over the past 20 years the District has been one of the leading organizations in the preservation and conservation of this unique natural resource.

Through the construction of a comprehensive wildlife facility, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary and the Loxahatchee River District have furthered their commitment to environmental education and public awareness. The Sanctuary and its programs will provide educational, scientific, and recreational benefits to the community.

The partnership between the Sanctuary and the District has helped to ensure that present and future generations have the opportunity to learn about their natural heritage. Through this learning process, people can develop the necessary attitudes and beliefs for the preservation of Florida's living and non-living resources.

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