National Key Deer Refuge

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National Key Deer Refuge

Address:179 Key Deer Blvd
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Established: 1957.
Location:Florida Keys, about 30 miles northeast of Key West.
Facilities:Visitor contact station, viewing sites, hiking trails (é).
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, educational programs.
Special Features:The Key deer is the smallest of all white-tailed deer and is a species not found anywhere else in the world. In 1957, only 27 known deer existed. With the establishment of the refuge and intensive law enforcement efforts, the population has increased to about 800 deer.
Habitats: 84,351 acres of upland forest, shrub wetland and wetland marsh.
Access: Open during daylight hours.
Wild life: Key deer, a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer.

See other parks in Florida.
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The National Key Deer Refuge is a large expanse of mostly undeveloped pinelands and provides critical habitat for hundreds of endemic and migratory species including 17 federally listed species like Key deer, lower Keys marsh rabbits and silver rice rats.
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Allen organized Boy Scouts and others in a letter-writing campaign that led to the establishment of National Key Deer Refuge in 1957.

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