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Gumbo Limbo unveils a new logo

Gumbo Limbo unveils a new logo

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center unveiled its new logo and announced the winners of the logo contest at the Friends of Gumbo Limbo’s third annual Sea Coast Toast Friday night. Manager Stefanie Ouellette said they combined elements common to their favorite designs in 25 or 30 submissions, including a

Halloween Picks: Pumpkins and ghosts dominate October events

Halloween Picks: Pumpkins and ghosts dominate October events

Say Boo! to Halloween with everything from ghostly hauntings to pumpkin-inspired meals and cocktails. A not too scary place to start is at “Halloween in the Hammock” at The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton on Oct. 22. Take a mysterious (but not frightening) stroll through the hammock

New tanks take shape at Gumbo Limbo

New tanks take shape at Gumbo Limbo

Work continues on the sea tank project at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which will mean four new saltwater tanks — two shallow and two deep. The tanks will have side-viewing windows and have a hard roof with fans and lights, says Stefanie Ouellette, nature center manager. The deep tanks will have a

How to help sea turtles beached by Hurricane Irene

How to help sea turtles beached by Hurricane Irene

By David Fleshler 10:59 a.m. EDT, August 26, 2011 Young sea turtles beached by Hurricane Irene may need some help. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the storm may have tossed them from the mats of seaweed that serve as their home when they first enter the ocean. The

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center adding new tanks with windows

A visit to Florida's

A visit to Florida's "Turtle Coast", where development, pollution, and fishing have caused sea turtle populations to dwindle.

The south-eastern coast of Florida is called the “Gold Coast”. But many marine biologists call it “Turtle Coast”. This is the coastal region where five species of marine turtles lay their eggs: the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the endangered leatherback turtle, the rare Kemp’s Ridley and 80%

Golf Classic Honoree has been in the swing of things at Gumbo Limbo for decades

Golf Classic Honoree has been in the swing of things at Gumbo Limbo for decades

If you’ve ever enjoyed Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, you’ll want to thank Gordon J. Gilbert. He’s the fellow largely responsible for the center’s creation, although he’ll be the first to tell you that he had a lot of help along the way. Gilbert was a science teacher at Boca Raton High School who

Gumbo Limbo saving sea turtles with surgery

Gumbo Limbo saving sea turtles with surgery

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- More than four thousand sea turtles went into shock in Florida during a two week cold spell last winter. Nearly 200 of those turtles spent time at Gumbo Limbo's new rehabilitation facility in Boca Raton. While many of the endangered reptiles were released back into the water,

Sea turtles undergo surgery for pollution-related tumors

Sea turtles undergo surgery for pollution-related tumors

BOCA RATON— Two green sea turtles from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center underwent laser surgery Friday to remove bulbous tumors on their eyes and flippers that are directly related to pollution in South Florida waterways. The fibropapilloma tumors are common among young green sea turtles in waters

Preserving the ecosystems and wildlife of South Florida: Gumbo Limbo to host golf classic to raise funds for their conservation, rehabilitation and education efforts

Preserving the ecosystems and wildlife of South Florida: Gumbo Limbo to host golf classic to raise funds for their conservation, rehabilitation and education efforts

Years ago, South Florida was filled with wildlife, swamps and hardwood hammocks instead of homes and strip malls. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton gives its visitors a chance to step back into this time period with its setting on the only remaining hardwood hammock in Palm Beach County, which