95% of the mammals in the Shark Valley area of the Everglades are gone.
Let that sink in a minute, 95%.
Gone!It makes me heart sick that the cause of this is people. People who released non-native species into the wild. 😧
Here is an article about the problem from National Geographic from 2012:
The problem continues despite attempts to capture these invasive reptiles.Here is a more recent article, from Popular Science, that discusses what scientists are currently trying: Pythons are invading Florida. Meet the scientists fighting back.
Shark Valley. We took the tram ride out to see the tower.
We thought the architecture of it was really neat and we especially admired the gently sloping ramp that you walk to go up and down.
- "The Shark Valley Observation Tower is a classic example of Mission 66 architecture, which is sometimes called "modern parkitecture" and features large slabs of concrete, swirling ramps, flat roofs, and terraces supported by thin columns. Implemented in 1956, Mission 66 was a 10-year program intended to dramatically improve and expand visitor services in national parks by 1966, in time for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service." (https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/nature/scenicvistas.htm)
Our guides on our tram ride were very knowledgeable and friendly. They pointed out birds, alligators, and turtles that we could see as we rode along. They also told us storied of the wildlife and the park.