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May 30, 1934, Everglades National Park was established in southern Florida

May 30

On May 30, 1934, Everglades National Park was established in southern Florida. Roughly 1.5 million acres of wilderness (!), the park encompasses one of the largest wetlands in the world and is known for its beautiful, wild landscapes and wildlife (especially alligators). 🐊🐊🐊

In fact, many of the animals protected by the park are unique to the region, including manatees, American crocodiles, and the rare Florida panther. πŸŠπŸŒ΄πŸ†

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Did you know? The Everglades is a mecca for mangroves, amazing trees that thrive in saltwater and estuaries. The park contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere. πŸšπŸŒΏπŸ¦€

 

1: In the Jungle, Florida, Winslow Homer, 1904
2: Muddy Alligators, John Singer Sargent, 191

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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