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What's the Florida Everglades?

Did you know that the Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical park, and the third largest national park in the U.S, and that it was declared the third most important wet land in the world by the UNESCO?...What is the UNESCO?

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, dedicated to promoting international collaboration regarding the problems of mankind, for peace, prosperity, education, science, and information.

The Zafary Park, Everglades National Park, in Miami, Florida. U.S.

It's hard to imagine the magnificence of the Everglades without having been here!

The waters of this wet lands comes through and underground system that begins in Central Florida's Lake Okeechobee, forming a slow moving underground river that flows through the limestone to Florida Bay at the southern end of Florida, south of Miami.

A mix of different eco systems, a combination of tropical vegetation, saw grass marshes and sloughs, under water algae, small islands of hardwood hammock trees, freshwater sloughs, mangroves, royal palms, cypress, pine, saw palmettos, and total of over 1000 exotic plants grow in every inch of wet or dry lands of the Everglades National Park.

Air boat ride at Everglades Zafary Park.

Air boat rides are the best approach to the exploration of the Everglades.

Who lives here?... In the meddle of all this wilderness!

In the meddle of all these wetness and forest islands is a large wild life residential community!

American crocodiles can be found in the Everglades and in any other large body of water in South Florida.

In the water you will find the big American Crocodile, the smaller alligators, turtles, snakes, and fish.

Turtles also live in these areas and water ways.

On the coast lines of the Everglades you have great fishing areas all the way south to Key Largo and the Florida Keys.

The Great White Heron, is a permanent resident on these wetlands.

In the air the large list of tropical birds of the Florida Coast lines, like the Great White Heron and the Blue Heron, the Tricolor Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egrets, wading or shore birds, the Woods Stock, the Roseate Spoonbill, and a total of over 300 species of birds fly over the Everglades National Park!

Plus a few invasive species of plants and animals from South America, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia that had adapted rapidly to the conditions of the Everglades and that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are trying to control.

Native Americans land...The history.

The native Americans of the Tequesta and Calusa tribes, traveled through, used the Everglades, and live in the coastal areas, of the wet lands, fishing and hunting, long before the Spanish discovered the Americas.

Seminole family of Cypress Tiger at their camp, near Kendall, Florida, 1916. Photographer: Botanist John Kunkel Small, 1869.

Seminole family of Cypress Tiger at their camp, near Kendall, Florida, 1916. Photographer: Botanist John Kunkel Small, 1869*Photo courtesy of Wikipedia public domain image sources.

Later during the "Seminole" Wars (name given to a mix of various groups of native American tribes) in the 1800's and in Florida territory, two settlements were built along the coast lines and what is now the park, at Chokoloskee Island and Flamingo.

A Tipical Seminole contruction.

These settlement could only be reach by boat during those times and those earlier settlers lived of the fishing, trading, farming, and charcoal burning.

Native American art at one of the visitors centers.

The influence of the native American culture is present here.

The Everglades National Park as a tourist attraction.

Now the Everglades is a tourist attraction visited by millions, being the busiest season from December to March when the temperature on the northern states sends more visitors to Florida.

Crocodile show at the Zafary Park, in Miami.

American Crocodiles at the Everglades Zafari Park. 26700 SW 8 St, Miami. 305 226 6923.

You can find visitor centers with air boat rides, walking trails, restaurants, stores, restrooms, crocodile and wild life shows, boutiques and stores, along the Tamiami Trail (U.S Route 41)-(SW 8 street in Miami becomes the Tamiami Trail-drive west pass the Florida Turn Pike)

Imiges of the Zafary and Gator Parks near Miami.

Other points of access to the park are at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Homestead, Gulf Coast Visitor Center close to Everglades City on State Road 29 and the Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Bay. accessible by boat.

Other points of access to the park are at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Homestead, Gulf Coast Visitor Center close to Everglades City on State Road 29 and the Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Bay. accessible by boat.



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One of the boats at Zafary Park.


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