Everglades National Park

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Everglades National Park

Address:40001 SR-9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:305-242-7700
Fax:305-242-7728
Web: www.nps.gov/ever/
Size: 1,508,537 acres.
Established: Authorized on May 30, 1934; established on December 6, 1947. Wilderness designated on November 10, 1978. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976, a World Heritage Site in 1979, and a Wetland of International Importance in 1987.
Location:Spans the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay. Park headquarters is located near Florida City. The northern and western visitor centers are accessible via US 41 (Tamiami Trail). The boundaries of Everglades National Park protect only the southern one-fifth of the historic Everglades ecosystem.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, bicycle trail, boat rental, boat ramp, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, ranger-led walks, boat tours, tram tours, educational programs.
Special Features:This largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the coterminous United States has extensive freshwater and saltwater areas, open Everglades prairies, and mangrove forests. Park wildlife includes rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee. Each year, between November and May, between 50,000 and 100,000 wading birds congregate in the expansive freshwater and estuarine wetlands of the park, attracted by the excellent feeding conditions created by the drying marshes.

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Everglades National Park

 

a park in the southern USA, in the state of Florida. It was created in 1947. As of 1977, it had an area of 566,796 hectares. The park has subtropical forests and mangrove forests, and it supports a broad range of animal life. Among the species of rare birds found there are the Everglades kite and the wood ibis. The manatee, cougar, and alligator are among the animals that have found refuge in the park.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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