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

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days 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?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.