Florida’s Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. In 1947 Everglades National Park was established to protect over 1.5 million acres of this unique wetland wilderness, and to provide important sheltered habitat for endangered species such as the American crocodile, the manatee and the Florida panther. The park is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states, after Yellowstone (2nd) and Death Valley (1st). The safeguarding of the Everglades includes its designation as UNESCO World Heritage Site no. 76, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
The Everglades ecosystem is composed of nine habitats: “hardwood hammock, pine land, mangrove, coastal lowlands, freshwater slough, freshwater marl prairie, cypress, marine, and estuarine.” There are waterways lined with ferns and mangroves, sawgrass marshes as far as the eye can see, towering assorted palms and pines, hanging vines, unusual Cypress knees and dense tropical vegetation. Wildlife is abundant, from birds and fish to alligators, iguanas and lizards, to turtles, raccoon and deer. Thankfully the importance of this dynamic ecosystem was recognized and protected for future generations, and for the health of the planet.
XplorMor Team member Julia is honored to be a photographer with Our Place, an organization partnered with UNESCO for contributing archival photography with the purpose of preserving and promoting World Heritage Sites. Everglades National Park was Julia’s first contribution to the Our Place collection. Julia’s journal The Only Everglades continues discussion of Everglades National Park’s importance to our planet’s ecosystem.
Our aim is to make these pages informative and inspiring so you get out there and explore Everglades National Park, truly one of the world’s most dynamic wildernesses. Explore more about the expeditions through photographs and insights shared in Everglades City to Ten Thousand Islands, Flamingo Area to Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, and Shark Valley, and please contact us with any questions.
Explore more XplorMor World Wide Photographic and Terrain Expeditions, and delve deeper into the journey through Xplorer Journals written by our team and guest contributors. These are first-hand accounts from the expeditions, offering tips, insights and stunning photography. Then discover our web and print ready images to enhance your publications.
Please contact us for your future expeditions and worldwide explorations. No project is too big or too small… we enjoy them all! It’s about getting out there and appreciating our world and feeling the impact on our spirit from exposure to the magnificent world around us.