Alarming manatee death toll numbers in Florida push calls for endangered status

Endangered manatee swimming in water — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Peter Douglas Clark Following the nearly 2,000 manatee deaths in Florida’s coastal and inland waterways over the past two years, a coalition of environmental organizations has called for the species to be urgently reclassified as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), according

Florida wildlife officials considering new set of regulations to protect seabirds at Skyway Fishing Pier

Skyway Fishing Pier – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by kesterhu ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Between fishhooks and line entanglements, the Skyway Fishing Pier is the center of where several brown pelicans have sadly died. Previous cases of red tide wiped out the majority of the food source causing them to head to the pier for

Central Florida Zoo reopens after four-week closure due to Hurricane Ian

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Entrance Sign – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by KLiK Photography Long after Hurricane Ian made landfall in the Sunshine State, the devastating storm that drenched the Central Florida region left its mark on one beloved attraction.  The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford, Florida finally managed to

Florida teen wins the top prize after catching 28 pythons during annual challenge

Burmese Pythons in the Everglades, FL – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heiko Kiera A 19-year-old man from the Sunshine State accomplished a great feat by capturing 28 Burmese pythons during a 10-day competition created to spread awareness about the serious threat invasive snakes pose on state ecology. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife

In Florida, a multimillion-dollar battle against mosquitoes has begun in the wake of Hurricane Ian

Swarm of mosquitoes over lake – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: VladKK First came the storm, then, a plague of creepy crawlers. Hordes of pesky mosquitoes have magnified in debris and floodwater left behind in Hurricane Ian’s devastating wake, and now swarm communities in Florida. Local and state officials are waging a multi-million-dollar war against

10-foot alligator caught catching rays on Melbourne Beach

MELBOURNE BEACH, FL. Alligator walking on beach – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Dave Litterio An enormous alligator decided to start off his weekend with a day of tanning on one of Florida’s beaches!  Kyle Hussey told Fox 35 News that he was enjoying a day at Melbourne Beach when he spotted a scary sight.

Fairchild’s trippy Nightgarden makes its fourth return to Miami for the holiday season

Visitors playing in the immersive NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Courtesy: Image by Krystal Socorro, Florida Insider Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s immersive NightGarden is a much-anticipated precursor to the snow-less holiday season in Miami and will return for a fourth season this November. This year, the mystical gardens promise even more mesmerizing psychedelic

10 gorgeous bike trails to visit in Florida

Group of people cycling on bike trail in Florida – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Sheri Armstrong Florida is the land of having fun in the sun. The Sunshine State has an incredible offer of 175 state parks and has been recognized as a leader in the development of recreational trails nationally. From its city

Did sharks abandon the waters off of Florida during Hurricane Ian? Experts talk about how hurricanes affect wildlife

Aftermath of Hurricane Ian — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Felix Mizioznikov Florida is known for its incredible wildlife, from the birds that fly high in the sky to the beasts that roam through the swamps and gorgeous beaches. However, Florida’s beauty sometimes gets brutally interrupted, just as it did last month when Hurricane Ian rammed into

Sea creature trudging throughout waters off Florida park perplexes social media users

Creature found swimming in Florida similar to Lochness Monster, as pictured – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Yulia_Bogomolova Video of a mysterious, 15-foot-long creature that was spotted swaying in the waters near a local park in Edgewater, Florida, is proving difficult to identify. On September 9 on the Indian River North near Menard-May Park, Joe