SH10I125PANTHERS Sept. 23, 2010 -- A male Florida panther treed in a live oak by specially trained dogs watches his captors as they wait for a tranquilizer dart to take effect. Tracking teams led by Texas wildlife biologist Roy McBride have been capturing panthers in Florida's remote wild lands since 1973 to take biological samples and fit the animals with radio collars as part of a restoration effort. (SHNS photo courtesy Copyright Science)An experimental wildlife crossing is a step closer to being built on Immokalee Road after a vote by Collier Read More
How to Restore the Florida Panther: Add a Little Texas Cougar [Slide Show]Introducing female cougars from Texas has helped the Florida big cats rebound. Click on story link to see the slideshow and accompanying comments.bigcatrescue.org
Plenty of people hated the idea in 1995, but borrowing some genes from Texas has improved prospects for endangered Florida panthers, a new report says.Hybrids of the Florida cats and cousins of the same species from a wild-caught Texas population have twice the genetic variety and far fewer of the genetic defects that were known in Floridian panthers before the introduction, says geneticist Warren Johnson of the National Cancer Institute in Fredrick, Md.Now panthers of mixed-state background live about twice as long as the pure Floridians do. Thanks Read More
MEET OUR TIGERS! 2010 Year of the Tiger
Tigers are one of the most popular animals in the world, instantly recognizable and ultimate predators yet they are a vanishing species...
With more tigers living in captivity in the USA than are left in the wild!
2010 is the year of the TIGER and september 26th is International Tiger Day! Global action will bring back the Tiger, let's celebrate these amazing animals!
Special thanks to Nic Van Den Bergh for the use of Read More
WORLD FIRST - Snow Leopard Lithotripsy
Cloe the snow leopard was diagnosed with a kidney infection and kidney stones in her left kidney. We decided the best option to help save her kidney function was to consider lithotripsy.
Shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) is a procedure used to shatter simple stones in the kidney or upper urinary tract. Ultrasonic waves are passed through the body until they strike the dense stones. Pulses of sonic waves pulverize the stones, which are then more easily Read More
Call for More FL Panther Habitat During America's Great Outdoors Tour ORLANDO, Fla. - More room to roam for the endangered Florida panther is the goal of a petition being delivered to the U.S. Department of the Interior during the "America's Great Outdoors" listening session in Orlando today. The proposal would use money from oil drilling royalties in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to expand the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge by as much as 50,000 acres. Several nearby landowners are willing to either sell or lease the Read More
Several South Florida landowners are willing to sell enough land to the federal government to triple the size of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, according to four environmental groups pushing the purchase as a way to provide Florida's state animal with more protected habitat.However, the environmental groups don't know how much such a purchase would cost. And they would not identify all the landowners involved. Meanwhile another environmental group is already raising questions about whether the purchase of up to 50,000 acres Read More
NAPLES — Conservation groups called this afternoon for an expansion of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge across agricultural land and natural lands in eastern Collier County and Hendry County.The plan calls for acquiring land or conservation easements across at least 50,000 acres, which could roughly triple the size of the 26,000 acre refuge along Interstate 75 and State Road 29 south of Immokalee.Groups pushing the expansion are the Florida Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon of Florida and Collier County Audubon Read More
"Possible Florida panther in Mississippi. Although panthers are federally protected, if Mississippi doesn't recognize them as a native species, the protection laws may be fuzzy... just like we saw with the panther shot by a hunter in Georgia in 2008"....Mountain Lion FoundationWednesday, July 14, 2010 Hunt continues for Bay panther By DONNA MELTON - email@example.com BAY Read More
Panther encounters growing more common in Golden Gate EstatesJune 25, 12:19 PMFt. Myers Nature ExaminerRenee WilsonClick on story to view picture of mother panther with 3 kittens Several incidents involving endangered Florida panthers have been reported near Naples over the past few months. According to Mark Lotz, panther biologist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, panther tracks, scat, eyewitness accounts, livestock depredation and even a roadkill have all been confirmed in the northwestern block of Golden Gate Estates since Read More