A variety of animals make this coastal ecosystem their home. There are 27 mammal species which include, opossum, white-tailed deer, and marsh rabbits. You might be lucky enough to see the occasional coyote, bobcat, black bear, mink, or fox.
Aquatic mammals like the river otter, West Indian manatee, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin or even the northern right whale can also be spotted if you look off the coast at just the right time.
Unique to the park is the Anastasia Island Beach mouse, an endangered species. Fort Matanzas is one of two refuges for this rare species. You may also notice oddly shaped holes in the marshes. These are the burrows of local tortoises.
In addition to this wealth of animals there are nine species of frogs and toads in the area. During the fall, animals are active, and with less tourists around, wildlife are not as likely to be startled into hiding.