Tibet-Butler Preserve

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Tibet-Butler Preserve
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The boardwalk at Tibet-Butler Preserve
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Type Regional park
Location Orange County, Florida, United States
Nearest city Orlando, Florida
Coordinates 28°26′33″N81°32′30″W / 28.44250°N 81.54167°W / 28.44250; -81.54167 Coordinates: 28°26′33″N81°32′30″W / 28.44250°N 81.54167°W / 28.44250; -81.54167
Area440 acres (1.8 km2)
Operated by Orange County Parks and Recreation
OpenAll year, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Website orangecountyfl.net

The Tibet-Butler Preserve is a county park located on the shore of Lake Butler, southeast of Orlando, Florida. It is managed by the Orange County Parks and Recreation.

Orlando, Florida City in Central Florida

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Orange County Parks and Recreation is the county park department in Orange County, Florida, United States. It maintains and operates a number of parks, multiuse trails, and community recreation centers.



The land for Tibet-Butler Preserve was acquired in 1986 and 1987 using funds from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and the Water Management Lands Trust Fund. [1]


Tibet-Butler Preserve contains a nature center, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of trails, a picnic area, a butterfly garden, and a wheelchair-accessible sandbox. [2] The nature center is called the Vera Carter Environmental Center, named after the Orange County Commissioner from 1980 to 1992. [3] It is home to a number of exhibits including live animals, taxidermy, and interactive displays.


The area consists of a variety of habitats, including bay swamps, marshes, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and scrub. [3] Wildlife includes gopher tortoises, North American river otters, nine-banded armadillos, american alligators, green and brown anoles, six-lined racerunners, and over 100 species of birds including bald eagles, osprey, and eastern screech owls. [4] Tibet-Butler Preserve is a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. [5]

Gopher tortoise species of reptile

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North American river otter one of the only two species of otter in North America, along with the sea otter

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Nine-banded armadillo The only living armadillo in the United States

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Access and hours of operation

Tibet-Butler Preserve is located at 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836. It is open daily, from 8:00am - 6:00pm. Trails are occasionally closed due to flooding. [6]

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