By 1954 almost 5700 acres had been acquired and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was born. The new sanctuary contained the last expanse of virgin bald cypress left in the world. It was also the home of the largest and most important endangered wood stork rookery, see top photo, in the United States. Over time the sanctuary has grown, almost doubling in size. Visitors to the sanctuary back in the 1940's and 1950's had entered the park by four-wheel drive and toured in canoes. Today the park has 2.25 miles of boardwalk that runs through out wetland and lets visitors get up real close and personal to the wildlife. Besides the 200 species of birds that can be found in the park there is also 34 species of mammals, 64 species of reptiles and amphibians and thousands of species of insects. I spent a good part of two days exploring the swamp but like usual I wished I would have had more time.