16 Jul 2018

Florida Panther

The Florida Panther

The Florida Panther is of the Puma subspecies which ranges from mountain lions, cougars, and more. This specific type of panther lives within the Everglades of Florida as well as the surrounding swamps. Panthers keep the wild boar population in check and are a main food source. The Panther is the official state animal. Although popular now and better understood, there was a time in the past when settlers mistook the nature of the Florida Panther. In the past they were hunted into near extinction. This made the panthers one of the most endangered mammals on Earth.

Everglades Florida Panther

This Florida swamp cat was endangered by the hunting it endured in the past but also the constant draining and destruction of the Florida Everglades it calls home. A single male Panther requires at least 200 square miles to survive comfortably and properly. Habitats of the Panther is usually in a dry dense scrub, also where the panther kittens are born and raised for a short amount of time.  Most cubs don’t make it, a litter consist of typically 1-4 cubs. The male Panther often avoids the females other than to breed, so the female panther does all the raising.

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21 Jun 2018

Everglades Birds

Everglades Birds

The Everglades National Park holds more than 350 species of Everglades birds and there are many ways to identify them. Generally the birds of the glades can be placed into three different groups wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey. One of the most common kinds of Everglades birds you’ll come across is wading birds. Wading Birds all have longer legs for wading in the shallow warm waters to catch their food. The white Ibis is a beautiful and commonly found wading bird. The ibis dines mostly on crayfish while most wading birds just prefer fish. The  white white Ibis is identified by its long curved beak that it uses to probe the shallows and mud in search of crayfish.

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