The Everglades are a vast expanse of freshwater swamps that cover southern Florida and are located 50 kilometres from Miami. Throughout the year, the majority of the 6,000 square kilometre national park is covered with the slow flowing water of the Okeechobee River and for thousands of years, this unique grassy landscape has been the habitat of numerous fascinating creatures.
The alligator is at the top of the Evergladesí food chain. Apart from the water of Lake Okeechobee, heavy rainstorms also contribute to the extensive swampland that is predominantly covered with saw grass.
More than 350 species of bird live in the Everglades, among them are such majestic specimens as the Everglades Kite that constantly glides on the air currents in search of prey and also the nearly extinct Wood Stork.
The establishment of the Everglades as a national park rescued a unique biosphere and it continues to be a place of natural enchantment and glorious mystique right up to the present day.