• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Mammals

Use the links to the left to learn more about mammals found at Big Cypress National Preserve!

 
Florida panther kittens in Big Cypress.  Photo By Ralph Arwood.
Florida panther kittens laying low at their den site.
Courtesy- Ralph Arwood
 

The Preserve is home to a variety of mammals, including the Florida panther - one of the most endangered mammals in the United States. There is an estimated 100-130 cats in the state of Florida- 30-35 of which call Big Cypress home.

Click here to find more information on panthers and fact sheets about other Preserve topics.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.