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.
So, there's been some talk recently about a certain Florida woman who has kept a pet gator named Rambo the same way you may have kept a pet dog named Fido.
In some ways, we get it. Alligators are fascinating creatures.
But having a pet alligator is not a good idea for a number of reasons. Do we even need to mention the size of their teeth?
Reason number one why alligators don't make good pets: Alligators are unpredictable. While many people think alligators are aggressive hunters, they're actually just lurkers. This means they lurk around waiting for something tasty to come by. Alligators will eat almost anything: fish, turtles, small mammals, or birds... and even some larger mammals like deer. They also don't need to eat on a regular schedule the way people do. When you combine all of these factors, you can see how unpredictable (read as: unsafe) a gator would be as a pet.
Though you can’t fish at our Wild Florida’s air boat tours, Florida wildlife officials are designating four additional license-free fishing days across the state! Florida has already offered residents four license-free fishing days a year, and with the additional four, Florida residents and visitors have a total of eight days a year to enjoy fishing without a license.
Recently, there have been official reports of mink sightings, a rare mammal that is primary nocturnal. In an effort to learn more about minks, Florida wildlife officials have asked the public to report any sightings.