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Did you know that there are only an estimated 100 Florida panthers currently living in the wild? At the time they were put on the Endangered Species List several decades ago, there were just 12-20 individuals thought to still exist. While this beautiful cat has been slowly making a small comeback, there are still many threats to overcome. Here’s an overview of the endangered Florida panther and what’s being done to save it.
The Florida panther is one of 32 puma subspecies. This big cat used to be widespread across the Southeastern United States, but its current habitat has shrunk to 5% of its original size. Most Florida panthers live in Southern Florida, in swampy areas like the Everglades, with occasional sightings further north.
There are many factors that have contributed to the decline in the Florida panther population ever since European settlers began to arrive in the Southeastern U.S. They include:
What’s being done to save this beautiful big cat from extinction? Here are some conservation efforts all animal lovers should know about.
Check out the Florida panther section on the Defenders of Wildlife website to learn more.
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