Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park

America’s National Parks

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located in the southwestern region of Florida, and is the largest area of wilderness east of the Mississippi River. It covers 2,357 square miles, and the park is very popular amongst boaters and canoeing enthusiasts. The Everglades is filled with an abundance of wildlife from alligators to wading birds. Many endangered animals are protected in the Everglades, including manatees, panthers, woodstorks, American crocodiles, and many species of sea turtles. Overall, the Everglades is a very expansive natural habitat home to many different species of plants and animals. 

In Everglades National Park, there are many species of endangered animals. There has been a recent decline in native wildlife populations due to the python. Their presence has led to a decrease in the mammal and bird populations. Pythons have been known to consume wood storks, Key Largo woodrats, limpkins, and other large mammals such as gators, deer, and bobcats. 

Along with being home to many animals, the Everglades is composed of one of the largest areas of protected mangroves in the Northern Hemisphere. Mangrove forests are found in South Florida’s coastal channels and rivers. Mangroves thrive in the tidal waters where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with saltwater. For important marine species, mangroves play an essential role in being a vital habitat and nursery. Mangroves also filter pollutants and trap sediment, which helps to maintain water quality. 

The Everglades National Park is an expansive and impressive ecosystem of animals, plants, and much more. 

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