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Natural Beauty at the Cape

Seascape mural

Display location: Museum exhibit hall

The first room of the Exhibit Hall displays some evidence of the natural beauty found on the Cape. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is a wildlife refuge 17 miles long and 6 miles wide encompassing about 16,000 acres. The Air Force does all it can to ensure that mother nature and space technology live in harmony. The Cape remains one of the East Coast's best turtle nesting grounds with about 3,000 to 4,000 turtle nests. It is also home to more than 46 endangered wildlife species.

A wall-sized mural depicts some of the wildlife on beach along Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A large display case holds the results of many beachcombing trips. Another display case holds evidence of selected wildlife still found on the Cape such as turtles, raccoons, and the armadillo that is so popular with visitors. The loggerhead turtle skull looks like it came from an alien being. Throughout the Cape, birds are in abundance everywhere, deer are seen on occasion, and other wildlife such as alligators, rattlesnakes, and panthers may not appear so friendly but normally keep to themselves when not bothered.