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5 facts you’ll find most surprising during the best Everglades airboat tour

Wild Florida visitors come from all over the world and they are amazed by both the Everglades and Florida's wildlife. They often ask so many good questions, and sometimes they're surprised by our answers. Our expert airboat Master captains do their best to squeeze in everything they know during an airboat ride, but sometimes the alligators steal the show and they don't get to share it all. So we thought we could share some facts about the Everglades that our guests find most surprising during the best Everglades airboat tour... just in case you don't catch it all during your ride.

Fact: The Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles can and do co-exist. 

American alligators seem to always steal the spotlight, especially here at Wild Florida… We have a Gator Park full of them, but they aren’t the only ones living out there in the swamp. Alligators are known to only live in freshwater, but their cousin, the crocodile, can live in both fresh and saltwater. The fresh water in the Florida Bay meets the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico in the Everglades, which makes an environment perfect for both of them. (Though you'll most likely only see these two mingling together in South Florida's waters rather than here on Lake Cypress during your Everglades airboat tour.)

Fact: Alligators don’t chase and hunt humans. 

Our guests never believe us when we tell them that this is an actual fact. Alligators typically eat fish, muskrats, deer, and... other gators. In fact, gators are more afraid of humans than most people would think. Your airboat Master captain will guide you to keep still and quiet when you spot one hiding out in the swamp because they’ll swim away if they get scared. Fluffy, our "spokesgator," loves humans and behaves very well when meeting them, so if you want to meet a gator up close, make sure to catch an exotic animal show while visiting the Gator Park (which is included with your airboat tour ticket!). You can even hold and hug him… yes, hug! 

An eagle spotted in a tree during an airboat tour at Wild Florida

Florida has the largest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. 

Yup, you heard that right… over 1,100 breeding pairs of bald eagles call Florida home. Not every day you see an endangered species in its natural habitat, but it’s even cooler when you see the United States’ national bird while on one of the best Everglades airboat tours around! Our expert airboat Master captains are pros at spotting them, even when they’re way up in the trees. 

Florida’s beef industry ranks 12th in the nation. 

Florida’s year-round sunshine and vibrant green grassy pastures are a huge advantage in this case. Driving through Florida and on your way to Wild Florida, you're guaranteed to see some cattle. These big guys love to cool off in the swamp, especially during the summertime. Much of “natural Florida” remains in the working landscape of Florida’s cattle and beef industry, which explains why you’ll find a bunch of them on the best Everglades airboat tour. It’s also known that lands used for cattle production are important “green space” for wildlife and carbon recovery.

A cow cools off in a lake at the Drive-Thru Safari Park at Wild Florida

The Everglades is really a slow-moving river. 

The Everglades is often described as a swamp or forested wetland, which is why Wild Florida guests never believe it when we tell them it's actually a river. The Everglades gets its name "river of grass" because its freshwater rolls slowly over the lowlands and through blades of sawgrass. This tropical wetland is home to over eight different habitats, and over 80 endangered and threatened species call it home.

If you're eager to learn more interesting facts about the swamp–or should we say river?–head on over and take one of the best Everglades airboat rides!

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