Visit this exhibit for free from September 29th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013 at:
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Animals and plants whose presence in a region is the result of only natural processes, without the aid of humans.
Animals and plants that are living outside their native range, which have arrived there by human activity (either intentional or accidental).
Nonnative plants or animals that cause or are likely to cause harm to the environment, economy, and/or human health.
UF researchers monitor American alligators and American crocodiles in the Everglades. Long-term monitoring of these species contributes to an understanding of how the ecosystem is responding to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). For alligators, we monitor relative density (number of alligators per kilometer), body condition (measured as length/weight ratio), and percent of alligator holes that are occupied. Crocodile performance measures are growth (cm/day) and survival rate. Monitoring data are combined and displayed on a map in "stoplight" colors to represent the status of the alligator and crocodile populations and progress toward meeting restoration goals.
UF researchers collaborate with scientists and resource managers from other agencies and organizations to study and control invasive species in Everglades ecosystems. We contribute to a comprehensive management approach for invasive species which includes the following elements:
Before buying an exotic pet, ask yourself
If you can't care for an exotic pet anymore, don't set it free - that's illegal, and your pet will likely die without care from you.