Unique Facts About the Everglades
Spanning over 1.5 million acres of south Florida, Everglades National Park is a giant subtropical safe haven for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The Everglades consists of multiple ecosystems that sustain a thriving, diverse wildlife in South Florida.
Before you head over to enjoy an Everglades airboat tour, check out a few facts about the Everglades:
- Everglades National Park was established in 1947 to preserve the biological diversity and resources of the South Florida wetlands.
- The Everglades is home to the Florida Panther, one of the most endangered species on earth. There are currently less than 100 remaining.
- There are at least nine different ecosystems that work together to sustain life in the Everglades. These include coastal mangroves, pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, and freshwater marl prairies.
- These ecosystems compose the most important breeding grounds for tropical wading birds on the continent.
- In 1946, oil was discovered in the Shark Valley Region of the Everglades, but due to low quality and lack of technological capabilities, drilling never took place.
- The Everglades is the only place in the world where the American alligator and the American Crocodile coexist. Crocodiles are typically spotted in the sandier coastal areas, whereas alligators are more typically found inland, but both can be seen during a local Everglades airboat tour.
- Thick sawgrass covers much of the Everglades terrain; and while it may look soft, the razors can cut through your clothing.
- The Everglades National Park is the 3rd largest national park behind Yellowstone and Death Valley.
- The Everglades is the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America and the largest mangrove ecosystem in Western Hemisphere.
- The Everglades is often referred to as a “swamp”, but in reality it is a giant, slow moving river.
- Nearly 8 million Floridians rely on the Everglades for their daily water supply.
- Covering over 1.5 million acres, the Everglades is currently at half of its original size.
- Mosquitos are not considered a nuisance to the Everglades; they are essential to the food chain. Mosquito larvae provides food for the fish that are food for the birds of the Everglades.
To learn more facts about the Everglades, journey across the river of grass on an Everglades Holiday Park airboat tour.This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .