It’s that time again, when we answer any questions our guests have in our #AskTheExpert blog. We get a bunch of questions year-round about our animals (and, of course, our airboats!), so we decided to start this series last year to help educate our guests.
Did you know? The Florida Everglades covers 2 million acres and is home to over 350 species of wildlife. That’s a big chunk of our planet! Many animals depend on this National Park and it’s up to us to protect it. Although the Everglades is important for our wildlife, it impacts the residents of Florida, too! So, in honor of participating in National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Week, here are a few ways that you can help protect the Everglades and the animals that call it home.
Although many people are familiar with alligators living in the Everglades, they're actually found all over Florida! After all, the Sunshine State was their stomping ground way before it belonged to humans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates that there are 5 million alligators spread out across the southeastern United States, and 1.3 million of those alligators call Florida home! For most gators in the south, they inhabit freshwater wetlands such as cypress swamps and marshes, but can sometimes be found in saltwater… or even in sewers! But don’t worry, these guys don’t prefer to be in these strange places. Just like humans, they prefer to live in the comfort of their own home and they don’t go out of their way to live elsewhere.
Owning an exotic animal sounds like a cool idea when you compare it to owning a normal household pet, but when you stop to think about all the extra work (and potential danger) it involves, you might just change your mind. Every state has different regulations and requirements, but today we'll cover Florida. Before you go out and purchase a wild animal in Florida, it's important to know the rules and follow them in order to keep the animal safe and in a comfortable environment. Below, we’re sharing why owning an exotic pet isn't the best idea and everything you should know before making one a part of your family!