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

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

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?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.