Big Cypress National Preserve is home to a wide and diverse range of animals. It is easy to view and appreciate Florida's largest reptile, the American alligator, living here in its natural environment. Anhingas, egrets, and herons are found in plentiful numbers feeding, displaying courtship feathers, and nesting in and among the cypress trees. Occasionally, one can witness river otter, bobcats, black bear, and the endangered Florida panther on the Preserve's back roads and trails.
There are 35 species of mammals found in Big Cypress National Preserve.
Over 190 species of birds are known to visit Big Cypress.
The Preserve is home to 51 species of reptiles.
Last updated: November 1, 2021