Top Tips for Enjoying Florida Everglades Wildlife
When visitors come to the Florida Everglades they are sure to see all kinds of local wildlife. From butterflies to alligators, our guests should expect to encounter a few of the famous local wildlife that everyone has seen on the National Geographic channel It’s all part of the Florida Everglades adventure experience!
Our Everglades wildlife needs room to move. It’s best to bring a pair of binoculars to get close to animals in their natural habitat. All our wildlife needs space to retreat if necessary. Most importantly, never, ever chase an animal! Recognize the signs of alarm: Wild animals are just that… wild. Increased movements such as flapping, pacing, tense muscle movement, staring, or vocalization may mean you are too close. If you feel like an animal is disturbed, back away. Enjoy animals in their natural environs and try not to disturb their natural movements. Remember, Everglades visitors are just that, visitors in someone else’s home. Imagine how you would feel if someone came into your home while you were eating dinner and started taking pictures and talking loudly.
Simply be respectful!
The animals you see may be nesting or denning. Though you mean well, an intrusive visitor may cause animals to flee and leave their young vulnerable to elements or to predators. Be as quiet as possible. Be extra cautious of young animals: When young animals are alone, they may be sick or have their parents waiting nearby. Remember that old adage about momma bear protecting her cubs? Exactly!
Never feed wildlife: Feeding wildlife may compromise both your safety as well as an animal’s safety. it is also illegal to feed or harass wildlife.
Tread lightly: you are a guest when you visit the Florida Everglades. Please leave no markings of your visit and do not disturb or destroy the natural beauty of Everglades environment.
All that said, one of the best ways to enjoy the Florida Everglades (and be close to the action) is with an Everglades adventure tour. Billie Swamp Safari is a top attraction for Florida residents and international visitors alike. Come and explore 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades that has stood the test of time, and remarkably preserved by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Enjoy and experience the wonders of nature on your next family vacation. Guests also delight at our authentic Seminole cuisine featured at Swamp Water Café. Whether it’s airboat rides, swamp buggy tours or a live alligator show, Billie Swamp Safari is the perfect destination for kids and adults to experience the Florida Everglades.
About Florida Seminole Tourism (FST)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a federally recognized Indian Tribe. FST is a top Florida Everglades adventure, learning and camping destination. We share the excitement and wonder of the Florida Everglades to visitors from around the globe. Our award-winning Everglades attractions including Billie Swamp Safari, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, and Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground.