The exact amount of plants and animal species in the 1.5 million acres of the Florida Everglades is immeasurable. Today, it holds a thriving population of several threatened and endangered species. The State of Florida has identified that approximately 23% of the plant species here are at risk – about 164 different species. This includes a variety of bromeliads (air plants), cacti, grasses, algae, orchids, wildflowers and trees.
The “River of Grass” is a natural habitat where salinity, soil type and topography work together to create a thriving ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the world. For example, it is the only place where you will find both alligators and crocodiles. For those who enjoy a diverse set of amphibians, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and mammals, look no further! Furry friends such as deer, pigs, bobcats, skunks, bears, bats, rabbits and squirrels all live in harmony here.
There are many wonderful ways to observe all the beautiful wildlife in the Florida Everglades. Whether it’s taking a stroll along a quarter mile boardwalk, jumping on an airboat or seeing a live wildlife show, Billie Swamp Safari has it all. In fact, the most fun and interesting way is aboard a swamp buggy. The Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour takes vacationing families over marsh and dry land, through hardwood hammocks and cypress heads. There is no better way to observe the synchronicity of the ecosystem. Our knowledgeable guides point out hidden species and give you a new perspective of nature. Also, they will share intimate knowledge of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who have called the Everglades home since creation.
Some of the most frequently sighted animals on our Everglades swamp buggy tour are migratory birds, water buffalo, bison, ostriches, alligators, deer and zebras. However, sightings may vary with respect to season, time of day, and animal tendencies. At the same time, the flora and fauna aren’t the only things you can expect to see in the Florida Everglades. In fact, at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, visitors learn about the iconic story of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the rich culture of the Native Americans who occupy these lands. The museum is home to more than 180,000 unique artifacts and archival items. After all, there is no shortage of amazing nature, history and thrills that are the Florida Everglades!
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