Bear With Us

St. Petersburg Couple Marries With an Actual Bear as Their Ring Bearer

Animal lovers Rita Janecek and Joseph Schaar marry at Bearadise Ranch alongside Carol the bear, after plans to wed in Alaska fell through.

04/28/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Call of the Wild

The Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve Opens to the Public in Myakka City

Marco Peters, who previously trained big cats for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is the man behind the for-profit preserve.

04/02/2019 By Dyllan Furness

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For Sale: Mini-Ranch in Myakka

Yes, you can live the country lifestyle in Sarasota--case in point: This mini-ranch on six acres out east.

09/15/2015 By Robert Plunket

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Vintage Sarasota: Step Inside the Tucker Treehouse

Step inside the Tucker treehouse, built in 1934 in Myakka.

06/30/2015 By Larry Kelleher

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Lands We Love: Myakka Ranches Showcase Idyllic Beauty

Their natural beauty is just one of the reasons to preserve three Myakka ranches.

06/01/2015 By Hannah Wallace

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Photo of the Week: The Myakka Maze

Let yourself get lost in the abstract wonder that is this photo of the flooded Canopy Walkway in Myakka State Park, taken by Henry Peters.

10/03/2013 By taylorm

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The Loneliest Lemur on Earth

On a dark and stormy night at Myakka City's Lemur Reserve, Adam Davies ponders existence, extinction--and hope.

09/02/2013 By Adam Davies Photography by Kim Longstreet

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My World: Myakka Airboat Captain Forrest Orebaugh

Myakka airboat captain Forrest Orebaugh on the Gator Gal, sandbars and vulture jokes.

05/01/2013 By Beau Denton