Even before the official list of hotspots, naturalists recognized the value of preserving the Florida Everglades.

A visitor learns about wildlife first-hand. Photo by Michelle Aldridge, 1996.Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and was the first national park created to preserve purely biological resources (no geological resources). (National Park Service, 2002) Located at the southern end of the Everglades, the 1,507,850-acre park is home to the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. (Encarta, "Everglades National Park")

Today, the park exposes thousands of people to nature annually through hikes, bird watching programs, canoe trails and scores of day- and nighttime programs. (National Park Service, 2002)

This ecotourism is designed to help visitors see the value in preserving the Everglades and is one of the most popular conservation efforts used across the globe.

Ecotourism Water Loss Keystone Species

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