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Wildlife & Habitat

Florida Panther

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”  ― Theodore Roosevelt 

  • Birds

    Crested Caracara - Promo List

    The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for over 120 species of birds, about 60 of which are year round residents. Notable residents include the eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, blue-gray gnatcatcher, northern bobwhite, and wood stork. Seasonal birds of interest include the northern parula, cedar waxwing, tree swallow, swallow-tailed kite, and sandhill crane. For a complete list of bird species please follow this link [link to species list]

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  • Mammals

    Florida Panther Face

    Each month, 5-11 Florida panthers den, hunt, and roam within the refuge. Altogether, about 33 species of mammals are likely to occur within the refuge; of which 22 have been verified by refuge staff, including black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, Big Cypress fox squirrels, raccoons, cottontail and marsh rabbits, nine-banded armadillos, and coyotes.

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  • Habitats

    Habitat - Promo List

    The refuge is characterized by lush tropical vegetation with over 700 species of plants.  Cypress strands meander through the refuge. Tropical hardwood hammocks, which are dominated by ancient live oaks, are found along upland ridges. Acres of slash pine and saw palmetto lie adjacent to wet prairies blooming with glades lobelia, tickseed and prairie milkweed. Rare orchids and bromeliads are found throughout this mix of habitats.

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  • Invasive Species

    Burmese Python - promo list

    An invasive species is a species introduced, either accidentally or deliberately, into an area where they do not occur naturally.  Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes) which disrupt the growth and survival of native species, often replacing these native species and altering the entire ecosystem. Invasive species are capable of establishing a breeding population without further intervention by humans, becoming a pest and threatening the local biodiversity.  

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Page Photo Credits — Florida Panther - USFWS, Crested caracara - © Larry W. Richardson, Florida panther face - © Connie Bransilver, Burmese Python - Susan Jewell/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013
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