Path Of The Panther

Telling the story of the Florida panther and the land it needs to survive

As the last big cat surviving in the eastern United States, and the state animal of Florida, the panther is an icon of Florida’s last wild places. Through impactful storytelling in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and a network of partners, Path of the Panther works to inspire the conservation of the land the Florida panther needs to survive — the Florida Wildlife Corridor — which serves both humans and wildlife.

What We’re Doing

Field
Programs

Camera Trap Network
We are managing a network of custom photo and video camera trap systems across public and private land to reveal the Path of the Panther.

Impact
Media

Documentary Films & Print
We are creating strategic communications to inspire conservation outcomes with partners including National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy and Grizzly Creek Films.

Conservation Campaign

Policy & Advocacy Work
We are leading a campaign to inspire formal recognition and protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor with support from the National Geographic Society

The Florida panther is a federally endangered species. It is the last big cat surviving in the eastern United States and the state animal of Florida. The panther once roamed the entire southeastern United States but now occupies less than 5% of its historic range due to habitat loss, prey declines, and attempts to eradicate panthers in the early 1900s.

The survival of the Florida panther depends on the protection of a network of statewide public and private lands, known as the Florida Wildlife Corridor. This network of land gives the panther hope for rebounding its population and recovering some of its historic range.

"The panther is going to have to help us save Florida, because the panther will help people understand why we need to save ranches and other large lands."

– Cary Lightsey, sixth-generation Florida rancher

Ranchers and panthers are facing the same common threat — the rapid sprawling development that is consuming lands on which they both depend. By working with scientists and landowners to tell the Florida panther’s story, the Path of the Panther project is seeking common ground to balance the needs of a growing human population and the land protection needed to save wild Florida and keep the Everglades connected to North America.

In The News

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New Yorker

Florida’s Remarkable New Wildlife Corridor from the Panhandle to the Keys
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National Geographic

Florida enacts sweeping law to protect its wildlife corridors
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National Geographic

How America's most endangered cat could help save Florida

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