Everglades Holiday Park has exciting news for animal lovers and conservationists: experts have officially removed the Florida Manatee from the Endangered Species list! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in Early April that it would downgrade the West Indian manatee from "endangered" to "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
Manatees are large aquatic mammals, commonly referred to as a “Sea cows”. They have grayish brown color and thick skin. They are well-known for their slow, lumbering movements through the water. Everglades Holiday Park reports that the same peacefulness and tranquility displayed by manatees is what landed them on the Endangered List to begin with. These mammals have a hard time fleeing from boat propellers and predators, with an estimated 668 deaths between 2008 and 2014.
Making its way off the endangered list, the manatee is currently positioned on the threatened list, which may not sound better, but indicates that the habitat and the population of the manatee is making a comeback! Today, there are an estimated 6,620 Florida manatees, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Florida residents have been working to protect the Florida manatee since the 1970s, even creating a special license plate to create awareness for the matter. Everglades Holiday Park says there is still plenty of work to be done to protect the Florida Manatees in the Everglades. Everglades National Park will continue to uphold environmental regulations that protect wildlife and water quality, as well as implement laws that control human activity, which will minimize watercraft-related manatee deaths.
On your Everglades Tourwith Everglades Holiday Park, even if you may not see a manatee, your experienced captains can provide you with more information on these majestic creatures, and plenty of tips to help keep our environment healthy.This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
Spring in South Florida is over, and the summer months are among us. This means warmer weather, higher water levels, and the occasional afternoon rain showers. Unlike other parts of the world, the seasonal variations in South Florida are always pleasant. At Everglades Holiday Park, our airboat tours are running all year long, rain or shine.
When you and your friends visit Everglades Holiday Park this summer, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this 1.5 million-acre preserve from the comfort and safety of our state-of-the-art airboats. Before you visit, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got the right attire so your day is as enjoyable as possible.
Here’s what to wear for maximum comfort on a summer airboat ride with Everglades Holiday Park:Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses
Our airboats are covered, but remember, you are in the Sunshine State! For additional protection from UV rays, it’s recommended to bring these items along with you. A hat and sunglasses can also help you catch a better glimpse of the wildlife your captain will point out.Light clothing
The summer months bring higher temperatures and humidity. For maximum comfort, you’ll want to wear light clothing, like a t-shirt and shorts.Insect repellent
We recommend avoiding colognes, perfumes, or scented lotions, as these scents can attract mosquitos or other bugs.A camera
This is quite possibly the most important item to bring on your summer airboat ride! On your tour, you’ll see breathtaking landscape and exotic animals. Your captains will make sure you have plenty of opportunity to capture photos you can remember them by.
Keep this guide in mind to make sure you’re ready for an adventurous day on the water with Everglades Holiday Park!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
Snakes That Live in the Everglades
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Everglades is most likely an alligator. However, there are currently 50 species of snakes in Florida, and 23 of those species live in the Everglades. Here is a quick list of some of the snakes found in the Everglades:
Eastern Indigo Snake- This species is rare and nonvenomous. It also bites infrequently. Since the Eastern Indigo is a rare species, it is a federally protected, threatened species. Eastern Indigos prefer to live in drier, upland areas, and their diet consists of small mammals, birds, frogs and snakes. This snake measures in at 9 feet long- on average! You won’t miss this guy if you spot it in the Everglades.
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake- This is one of the few venomous snakes living in the Everglades. This species poses a threat because it is so small and its rattle is hard to hear- it sounds like an insect buzz. Pigmy Rattlesnakes enjoy hiding in the swamps and marshes, so you may not be able to spot them during an Everglades airboat ride either.
Everglades Rat Snake- This snake has one of the most striking appearances and one you won’t miss out in the Everglades. The rat snake is nonvenomous and lives in the wetlands and swamps, so the Everglades is the perfect home for a rat snake.
Plan a visit to Everglades Holiday Park and take a ride on our unforgettable Everglades airboat ride to learn more about these snakes and maybe even see one up close!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
Why Everglades Holiday Park is Better than the Zoo
Located on more than eight million acres in Florida, the Everglades is a subtropical, wetland ecosystem that is home to 67 threatened or endangered species.
While the Everglades starts near Orlando and goes all the way down to Florida Bay, Everglades Holiday Park is in sunny Fort Lauderdale. Our park spans over 29 acres of wetlands and offers a unique view for those who have never toured the Everglades, or locals who don’t own airboats to be able to experience the Everglades and an airboat ride at the same time. However, Everglades Holiday Park is not just about touring the wetlands via airboat, we offer a few other attractions as well.
Some of these attractions include animal encounters, gator shows, boat rentals and more. Go wild with our all new Animal Encounters program! You’ll get to spend time and interact with 5 animals for 45 minutes. You’ll also receive professional photos of your Animal Encounter to remember your experience. The gator shows that take place in the Gator Pit are world famous. They are 15-20-minute family-friendly presentations that include tricks, stunts, and information about the mission of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue. Everglades Holiday Park is home to some of the best freshwater fishing, so rent a boat and spend time with family on the water!
The airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park are the longest in the area - 60 minutes! We will get you as close as possible to all that these amazing wetlands offer. Everglades Holiday Park is a hands-on experience for people of all ages. You can come to Everglades Holiday Park ready for a fun-filled day of unique attractions that you won’t be able to find at a zoo, and have an experience that is one-of-a-kind and hands-down one of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale.This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
What Do Alligators Eat?
Alligators eat depending on their size and age. They are primarily carnivores, but investigations of dead alligators have shown that they do eat berries, citrus fruits, and grapes that are in their natural habitat!
When an alligator is approaching adolescence, he or she will hunt larger fish, small mammals, and turtles all located near the water. Sometimes the alligators even catch birds.
Adult alligators prey on just about any aquatic animal or animal that comes near the water. Typically, alligators don’t target prey that are larger than they are. Of course, if they are given the opportunity, they might target larger prey. The adult alligator usually goes after musk rats, racoons, and nutrias.
Do you want to see these alligators and their prey in their natural habitat? Here at Everglades Holiday Park, we offer the best Everglades tour in South Florida that gets you up close to alligators in their natural environment. If you get really lucky, you may see an alligator trying to catch some prey, although they are usually spotted sunbathing and being lazy on the banks of the Everglades. Our Everglades airboat ride is a 60-minute thrilling experience for people of all ages! You’ll get up close and personal with alligators in their natural habitat- safely, of course.
After your airboat ride, don’t forget to check out our thrilling alligator show in our newly rebuilt stadium style pit. See the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team perform daring tricks while you learn how the rescue team saves alligators that are found astray.
Tickets for the best airboat tour in Florida can be purchased online!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .