Help the Florida Panther

With less than 160 cats left in the wild, Florida is home to the last natural breeding population of Florida Panthers. The Florida Panther was one of the first species to be added to the Endangered Species List, after nearly going extinct in the mid-1950s due overhunting.  Today, the panther’s population continues to struggle due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation [1].

The current panther population is fragile and has reached maximum capacity within their home range. Without the proper range to continue expanding their breeding population, the Florida Panther is more susceptible to disease, territorial disputes, inbreeding, collisions with automobiles and an overall decline in population [1]. To prevent extinction, panthers must be able to expand their range beyond their current South Florida habitat. Organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge are working to link existing panther habitat and acquiring new panther habitat to encourage healthy population expansion [2].

Donating today will go to permanently protecting and conserving panther habitat. In turn, you will also be protecting other plants and animals that the Florida Panther helps keep in balance such as deer, feral hog, and raccoons. In addition to protecting the plants and animals that make up Florida’s unique ecosystem, donating to protect these crucial habitats also protects our watersheds, which is vital to both humans and wildlife.

Did you know…. Panthers are an umbrella species.

By protecting their habitat which averages about 200 square miles per male you are also protecting an abundance of other plants and animals that live there. As an umbrella species, these big cats help keep feral hog, deer, raccoon and other populations balanced and in equilibrium with the ecosystem.

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By | 2018-02-15T21:26:38+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Animals, Environmental Protection|Comments Off on Help the Florida Panther