Journey deep into nature’s mysterious wilderness at Everglades Safari Park and come face to face with the exotic wildlife that calls this place home.
The never ceasing chirping of birds as you walk along the trails, or the silent ripples on the waters surface created by a shy manatee, constantly remind you of the inhabitants of this amazing wilderness. As you take a trip on a safari air boat, or bike ride through shark valley you are sure to spot many of the Everglades’ famous inhabitants. Keep your cameras ready as you are sure to spot the king of the Everglades- the American alligator basking in the sun or enjoying a meal!
The Everglades acts as a safe haven for a variety of plant and animal species. No other place combines a subtropical climate, a broad, shallow river, and a stunning diversity of plants and animals into such a complex and fragile ecosystem. Everglades National Park is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are a truly unique habitat; there are no other Eco-system similar to it in the world.
The Florida Everglades contains one of the highest concentrations of species vulnerable to extinction in the United States. The 5,000-square-kilometre wetland in southern Florida is home to at least 60 endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.
Commonly seen species
Alligators, are an important part of this ecosystem, and are regarded as a “keystone” species of the Everglades. The Florida Everglades ecosystem is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
Many animals live in the Everglades including the raccoon, skunk, opossum, Eastern Cottontail bobcat, Red Fox and white-tail deer. But the symbol of this wild, vast ecosystem is the Florida panther. It is the most endangered species in the Everglades, with only about 100 remaining in the wild. Take a rip to Everglades Safari Park and be one of the lucky few to spot this amazing creature in its own habitat.
Two other well-known animals in the ecosystem include the friendly West Indian manatee and bottlenose dolphin, both of which live in saltwater bays and coastal areas.
In addition to rare and endangered species, the Everglades are rightly famous for the profusion of bird species found there, with 347 species recorded within the Park boundaries. Some are year-round residents; other just visit for the winter; and still others stop by on their journey to more southern destinations.
The most notable of the wading birds includes the Wood Stork; White and Glossy Ibises; Roseate Spoonbill; Great Blue, Great White and Tricolored Herons; and Snowy and Great Egrets. The endangered Snail Kite is an unusual bird in that it survives exclusively on the apple snail. The Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow also is in the news today, as scientists and government regulators strive to preserve its quickly dwindling habitat.
The mangrove estuaries of Florida Bay, in particular, are a breeding habitat for Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Stork, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, and eleven species of egrets and herons.
Snakes at the Everglades
There are 26 types of snakes found in Everglades National Park, ranging in size from the poisonous pygmy rattler, seldom no more than two feet long, to the threatened indigo snake, which can grow to be over eight feet long. Many of the snakes found in the park are adapted to survive in the water.
Faced with loss of habitat, disruption of water flow, and the invasion of nonnative species, many animals have declined dramatically in number. Some have virtually disappeared.
Here is a list species found at Everglades for quick reference:
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