Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex include: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at:
12085 SR 29 SouthImmokalee, FL 34142
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The Florida Panther Refuge open house will be held on Saturday, March 21st. Enjoy free swamp buggy rides, guided hikes, orchid wet walks, panther presentations, activity tables, and more! Online registration for the guided hikes, archery, and hayrides begins March 16th at 9:00am at