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Endangered Species of Louisiana
West Indian Manatee
While West Indian manatees are most commonly associated with Florida, they are also found in Louisiana and other sections of the Gulf Coast. These massive mammals primarily live in freshwater rivers and estuaries, although they have the ability to travel through saltwater for extended periods. Manatees are nicknamed “sea cows” for their size and preferred diet of seagrass and other aquatic plants. Sadly, these majestic creatures are under threat due to habitat destruction, human-built infrastructure, collisions with boats and even poaching.
Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
While endangered species often tell tragic tales, they can tell uplifting stories as well. The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is the smallest, and most endangered, sea turtle in the world. They feed primarily on crabs and small fish, but unfortunately their population has been severely threatened for decades due to commercial fishing bycatch. However, in 2022 there was a glimmer of hope when nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were found on the Chandeleur Islands off the coast of Louisiana.
This discovery marked a victory for both coastal preservation efforts and endangered species in Louisiana, as it had been over 75 years since these turtles have been known to nest in local waters. This proved that with proper effort, restoration programs can be successful for these species and give hope for their longer-term survival.
Swamp Tours New Orleans
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