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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 5:16pm.

At the southern tip of the island Pleasure Island Safari owner Barbara Bach is ready to take you on a safari, showing you the sights both natural and man-made on the island and beyond. Bach said, "We can see Sunny Point Ammo Depot and some little critters like the fiddler crabs and a lot of the shore bird, which are native to this area." "The birds depend on the dunes for nesting that's one of the reasons the dunes are protected." Along the way, the tour stops so passengers can get take a closer look and even scour the sand for shark teeth. Bach said, "Coming out here you can see how it all works together. The sand dunes and the shore birds and the beaches all the little critters the worms the fiddler crabs we saw earlier -- how they all come together to make this area." The Pleasure Island Safari on Kure Beach isn't the only place you can go to enjoy the outdoors. The Carolina Beach State Park is also rich in natural resources. Park Ranger Jeff Davis said, "Two of the most interesting things would be carnivorous plants and our plant communities." The park is home to five different carnivorous plants. Perhaps the most notable is the Venus Flytrap. Davis said, "What makes the Venus Flytrap so famous is that the only place that it grows naturally in the entire world is about 75 miles of Wilmington." Each area of the park is completely different. Davis said, "There are 13 different plant communities. So that makes us one of the most biologically diverse parks in all of North Carolina." So if natural beauty is what you love, you can't go wrong with Pleasure Island and the Carolina Beach State Park. The safari costs $45 per trip and can hold up to eight people.

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