On this date in 1947 the Everglades National Park was dedicated by President Harry Truman. The park is home to the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River. Today the park covers 1, 508, 538 acres, only 20 percent of the everglades original size 100 years ago. After Death Valley and Yellow Stone National Parks, the Everglades National Park is the third largest in the United States. But unlike those parks which preserve geographic features the Everglades preserves an entire ecosystem. The Everglades are home to 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles. The park is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the Florida Panther, the American Crocodile, and the West Indian Manatee.
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