Everglades National Park was established as a national park in 1947 and consists of nearly 2,400 square miles. Often referred to as a swamp, the Everglades' biggest water sources, approximately 60 inches of rain per year and overflow from Lake Okeechobee, help make it a southwestwardly flowing river running through the third largest national park in the lower 48 states.
Florida Bay, covering 850 square miles, is located between the mainland and the Florida Keys.
Cypress trees are flood-tolerant. Two species, bald and pond, grow in the Everglades.
Wading birds gather in the Everglades' Mrazek Pond.
The River of Grass was allowed to flow into Everglades National Park for the first time since the 1920s after a one-mile bridge over the Tamiami Trail was completed this year.
The National Park Service estimates that there are fewer than 100 Florida panthers in South Florida.
The American alligator has a blackish color, a U-shaped snout and prefers freshwater.
The American crocodile has a V-shaped snout, a grayish color and usually prefers saltwater.
Nicknamed the water turkey and snake bird, Anhinga birds have broad tails that help them swim.
Sabrina Diaz, supervisory ranger for Everglades National Park, with her daughter, Sierra, at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.
One person was shot Thursday afternoon in the City of Santa Maria and taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via Calstar helicopter. The suspect remains on the loose as a police manhunt remains underway. Witness says victim and suspect were fighting over access to a gas pump.