April 15, 1990 |
The golden spider monkeys, African pygmy goats, Eurasian fallow deer, exotic reptiles and snakes are being traded for native Florida animals or sold. Eventually, all the non-native species will be gone except for Lucifer, a 25-year-old hippo that will live out his life here. The exotic animals for 20 years were part of the menagerie at Homosassa Springs Nature World, a commercial nature theme park on the Gulf Coast 70 miles north of Tampa. But the theme park is no more.