While they may not rank the highest on being the most friendly or cuddliest animals, alligators are certainly one of the most fascinating, dare we say... coolest animals out there. From the power behind their jaws and the agility these animals showcase in the water, it's no surprise why tourists and locals alike are so drawn to learn more about them. Everglades airboat rides are certainly one of the coolest ways to view alligators, but, it's not your only option. You'll find our Gator Pond in the heart of our Gator and Wildlife Park (what some may call an alligator park) full of over 100 rescued and Wild Florida native alligators, with experts inside to tell you more about them. On the blog, we go over five facts about alligators that surprise our guests the most when they visit.
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.