Protected Animals

manatee pair
Manatees, including this pair, are sometimes seen around the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.

NPS image by Matt Johnson

The following park animals are listed as threatened or endangered. If you are lucky enough to observe them in the park, cherish the sighting and please give them space (interence is prohibited). Click here to report sightings. Please include as much information as possible (date, location, number, size, photographs, . .). For more information on threatened park species click here. For a list of federal endangered species, click here, and for state endangered species, click here.

Occurrence in Park

Federal Classification

State Classification

MARINE INVERTEBRATES

Pillar coral

Rare

-

Endangered

Elkhorn coral

Common

Threatened

-

Staghorn coral

Common

Threatened

-

TERRESTRIAL INVERTEBRATES

Florida tree snail

Occasional

-

Special Concern

Miami blue butterfly

Rare

Endangered

Endangered

Schaus swallowtail butterfly

Rare

Endangered

Endangered

FISH

Smalltooth sawfish

Rare

Endangered

-

REPTILES

American alligator

Uncommon

Similarity of appearance

Special Concern

American crocodile

Occasional

Threatened

Endangered

Eastern indigo snake

Rare

Threatened

Endangered

Sea Turtle- green

Common

Endangered

Endangered

Sea Turtle- hawksbill

Common

Endangered

Endangered

Sea Turtle- Kemp's ridley

Rare

Endangered

Endangered

Sea Turtle- leatherback

Rare

Endangered

Endangered

Sea Turtle- loggerhead

Common

Threatened

Threatened

BIRDS

Brown Pelican

Common

Delisted- recovery

Special Concern

Least tern

Common

-

Threatened

Little blue heron

Common

-

Special Concern

Osprey

Common

Special Concern

Special Concern

Piping plover

Uncommon

Threatened

Threatened

Reddish egret

Occasional

Special Concern

Special Concern

Roseate spoonbill

Uncommon

-

Special Concern

Snowy egret

Common

-

Special Concern

Southeastern American kestrel

Uncommon

Special Concern

Threatened

Tricolored heron

Common

-

Special Concern

White ibis

Common

-

Special Concern

White-crowned pigeon

Common

Special Concern

Threatened

Wood stork

Occasional

Endangered

Endangered

MARINE MAMMALS

Fin (finback) whale

Rare, if at all

Endangered

Endangered

Florida manatee

Common

Endangered

Endangered

Humpback whale

Rare, if at all

Endangered

Endangered

North Atlantic right whale

Rare, if at all

Endangered

Endangered

Sei whale

Rare, if at all

Endangered

Endangered

Sperm whale

Rare, if at all

Endangered

Endangered

TERRESTRIAL MAMMALS

Key Largo woodrat

Historical, not known to occur presently

Endangered

Endangered

Key Largo cotton mouse

Historical, not known to occur presently

Endangered

Endangered


Special protection measures are in place for the following species to ensure their survival:

· All stony corals
· Fire corals
· Sea fans
· Queen conch
· Bahama starfish
· Longspine sea urchin (Diadema)
· Nassau grouper
· Goliath grouper
· Manta ray
· Spotted eagle ray
· Spearfish- longbill, Mediterranean and roundscale
· Sturgeon
· Sharks - many species are protected. Visit www.myfwc.com for a complete list.
· All marine mammals
· All ornamental tropical fish, plants & invertebrates (regulation applies to this park)
· Sponges (regulation applies to this park)
· Lobsters (within the Biscayne Bay Lobster Sanctuary- click here for more details)

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way

Homestead, FL 33033

Phone:

(305) 230-1144

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