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An American alligator basking in Everglades National Park, Homestead Florida.
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7. Everglades National Park, Homestead Florida

Everglades National Park is a national park in Florida that protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades.

You probably think “alligators” when you hear the name, and that is very much an accurate thought. But the park also features 36 federally protected animals, some of which face grave threats to their survival.

And a gator cousin — the American Crocodile — is one of them.

And there are others.

In all the world there are only about 50 Florida panthers living in the wild, and most of those are here.

Several sea turtle species are holding on, as well.

The Cape Sable seaside sparrow, the West Indian manatee …

In short, Everglades National Park is the last chance for more than a few creatures to make it. Let’s hope it’s not your last chance to see them.

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