Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Feature:
Irreplaceable Wildlife in A Warming World
Graphic of irreplacable species, emperor penguin.
We are connected to each other, to our environment. From faraway places to our own backyard. But climate change is now changing the Earth as we know it, and animals and plants from the Arctic to the Everglades are feeling the consequences.
Key Resources:

Florida Panther

The Florida panther needs space. Restricted to southwestern Florida, breeding pairs of these highly endangered big cats need 200 square miles to roam and hunt.
Photo Credit:
Connie Bransilver / ILCP (Part of Irreplaceable Wildlife Photo Exhibit)
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Florida Panther

Scientific Name: 
Puma concolor coryi
IUCN Red List: 
Near Threatened
Endangered Species Act List: 
Endangered

One of the most elusive large mammals in the U.S., the Florida panther lives in the swamps and forests of southwestern Florida. Breeding pairs of these big cats require 200 square miles of habitat to roam and hunt. However, the panthers have lost roughly 95% of their historic habitat, and their current range is now squeezed into a few protected areas such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, as well as some private lands. Scientists estimate that only 80-100 of these critically endangered animals remain on earth.

Climate Change Impacts

Global warming is compounding the many problems Florida panthers already face. Much of their low-lying habitat could be flooded and destroyed by salt water if sea levels continue to rise. Not only is the panther literally running out of space given how much of their historic habitat has already been lost to development, but further flooding would also hurt the white-tailed deer population, a critical source of food for this rare cat.

Irreplaceable in Your Neighborhood

The Earthjustice traveling photo exhibit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World, is available to bring education, scholarship and research to your community. For more information on booking the exhibit, including fees, exhibit specifications, requirements and descriptions, please contact Nadine de Coteau at 1-800-584-6460.