The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in southwestern Florida, twenty miles east of Naples, in the upper segment of the Fakahatchee Strand of the Big Cypress Swamp. It is north of I-75 and west of SR 29.PutFlorida Panther National Wildlife Refuge into our Immokalee trip itinerary builder website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The 26,400-acre (107 km2) refuge was established in 1989 under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to protect the endangered Florida panther, as well as other threatened plant and animal species. The Florida panther is the only cougar population found east of the Mississippi River. The refuge is part of a network of private land and government protected areas. Some of the public sections of the system are the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. In all, less than 100 panthers use the area, with fewer than a dozen passing through the refuge each month.
To protect the panther and other endangered inhabitants, general public use is only available at the southeast corner of the refuge, on designated hiking trails. All other areas can only be seen by way of limited tours.
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge reviews
This is a basic refuge for wildlife, and some smart thoughtful people gave it life. No real visitor center with trinkets etc, but very little educational material or stories. I went to hopefully see..... more »
Thoroughly enjoyed the 1.5 mile trail through the panther habitat - sadly no panthers around! Trails are quiet narrow in places with branches and rocks. A lovely walk through undergrowth admiring... more »
Did the trail in mid August.2019. Very wet. water up to my rain boots, but beautiful. We saw a deer- a bunny and a water moccasin, woodpeckers and a red shoulder. It was more a swamp walk than a trail walk- but we enjoyed it. For a video go to you tube and find Camping adventures. Florida Panther Refuge.
Beautiful peaceful place. Plenty of green lush trees and varies plants. Just beautiful
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