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Wildlife at Flamingo Everglades

Date: July 17, 2023
Category: Blogs

Flamingo Everglades is one of the best places in the world to see a variety of wildlife. You’ll see manatees, crocodiles, alligators and many other species of birds during your visit. We recommend visiting during summer when temperatures are warmer and more animals can be seen basking in the summer.

Migratory birds

Migratory birds are a big part of Flamingo’s wildlife. They come from as far as Canada and Central America, and can be seen in the park year-round.

Some species include ducks, geese and shorebirds such as plovers (like the American Oystercatcher) or sandpipers (such as the Least Sandpiper). A few even migrate here during their winter break from breeding season! Migratory birds are an integral part of our ecosystem: they help spread seeds across continents by eating them; they keep insect populations in check; they provide food for larger animals like manatees; and some even pollinate plants that produce fruit we love to eat!

Learn more about all the species of birds you can find at the Everglades.


The Everglades are home to a variety of reptiles. This includes alligators, snakes and turtles. The most common reptile you will see is the American Alligator; however, there are also Nile Crocodiles that live in the park’s freshwater lakes. These crocodiles have been introduced into the system from Florida’s exotic pet trade. The Everglades is the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators co-exist.

Check out all of the different reptiles in the Everglades. 


Dolphins are intelligent creatures that are known to be social animals that live in groups called pods which are commonly seen throughout the Everglades. The park is home to several species of dolphins. The most common species you will see is the Bottlenose Dolphin. This dolphin can be found in fresh and saltwater habitats throughout Florida, but it is most common in the Everglades. You may also see Atlantic Spotted Dolphins which are slightly smaller than the Bottlenose Dolphin, but have similar markings on their bodies.

You can spot dolphins and other wildlife on our Back Country Boat Tour. Reserve your spot here. 

Summer is the best time to see different wildlife at Flamingo Everglades.

Summer is the best time to see different wildlife at Flamingo Everglades. Most of the wildlife is out and about during the summer months, which means you’ll have a better chance of spotting dolphins, crocodiles, alligators and migratory birds.

Whether you opt for a boat tour (link to boat tour) or explore the park’s trails, prepare for an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form. Plan your visit during the summer months to maximize your chances of encountering a wide variety of wildlife. Embrace the beauty of Flamingo Everglades and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Flamingo National Park has a variety of wildlife that you can see and photograph.

Flamingo Everglades is a great place to photograph wildlife. In fact, there are so many things you can do here such as kayaking, canoeing, boat tours, and more! But one thing’s for sure: if you’re looking for an adventure with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature, the Everglades is the perfect place to be.

If you’re looking to see some wildlife, Flamingo Everglades is the place to go. You can find all kinds of animals there including migratory, crocodiles and dolphins! If you’re interested in taking photos or videos of these animals then we recommend visiting during the summertime when they are most active. 

While you explore this incredible ecosystem, it’s worth noting that mosquitoes are also present, especially during the summer months. Here are a few tips to make your visit comfortable:

  • Dress smart: Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks to minimize exposed skin. 
  • Apply insect repellent: Use products with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. 
  • Plan timing: Consider avoiding dawn and dusk when insect activity is higher. 

Learn more by visiting nps.gov or cdc.gov.