U.N. Adds Everglades to Endangered Sites List

In this handout photo, an alligator chomps on a Burmese python Dec. 23, 2005 in the Everglades National park. More and more of these pythons, originally brought into the county as pets, are turning up in the Everglades where they are upsetting the ecosystem. (AP Photo/National Park Service-HO)
AP Photo/National Park Service
The United Nations has added Florida's Everglades National Park and rain forests in Madagascar to its list of World Heritage sites in danger.

The Everglades, home to 20 endangered species, was previously on the list from 1993 to 2007 because large amounts of water were being diverted to cities.

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization says in a statement the park was added again for the same reason.

UNESCO says in the Atsinanana rain forests of Madagascar, illegal logging and poaching are a threat to rare lemurs.

Being on the danger list allows the agency to allocate immediate assistance from the World Heritage Fund.

UNESCO added the two sites during a meeting Friday in Brasilia, Brazil.