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Florida Natural Museum & Butterfly Garden

Florida Natural Museum & Butterfly Garden

Tampa Bay
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 10:00am
Gainesville
Florida

By Dan Cabrera:  What a wonderful world, walking through what replicates a tropical rainforest or a Disney World creation of an enchanted forest, was experienced by twelve of our members. Several of our members went through the gardens a second time because it was impossible to take in all thewonders of the butterflies as they flew around the nectars of the many flowers. On occasion butterflies would choose to hitch a ride on a visitor. In addition to the garden itself, there were many displays containing information about butterflies from around the world. The skeleton of a Mastodon greeted you as you walked into the Museum and to the other exhibits that gave us a look into the animals that occupied Florida long before us. The Museum’s limited time exhibit was “Survival of the Slowest.” This exhibit contained a variety of snakes and turtles, as well as a 3-toedsloth. The sloth was the star of the show. However, as many who wear that crown, the sloth did not want to participate when the handler tried to take it out for the visitors to get a closer look. The University of Florida can be proud of their work maintaining this facility. I recommend to all to make time to visit. I know my wife and I will be going back. Afterwards we all met for lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill. Their food was delicious and their service was exceptional. As we consumed our food (and adult beverages), we used the time to socialize with the members in attendance and learn moreabout each other. We always say to all our members, you are missing great fun and great friends bynot participating in our events.                                                                                                                                                            Photos taken by Dave Hutchinson