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

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

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    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. 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 young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.