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


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.


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.

Take Action


Add your name to the Path of the Panther Pledge and join local communities, landowners, and dozens of organizations in calling on Florida’s elected officials to continue their support and funding for the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Sign the Pledge


Contact the USFWS and share your support for the proposed Establishment of the Southwest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Area.

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address: NWRS SWFL CA, P.O. Box 700188, Wabasso, FL 32970

Learn More


Donate to the Path of the Panther to help us continue our work with scientists, landowners and lawmakers to inspire the land protected needed to keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor connected and save a future for the panther.



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Path of the Panther is an award-winning film that documents the front lines of an accelerating battle between forces of renewal and destruction that have pushed the Everglades to the brink of ecological collapse.



The Path of the Panther book is a story of new hope for the recovery of an iconic endangered species and its Everglades home – and a global example of how protecting wildlife corridors can sustain balance for nature and people.

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In The News


The National Wildlife Federation

If completed, the Florida Wildlife Corridor would protect 18 million acres of nearly contiguous habitat in one of the nation’s biologically richest states.

National Geographic

The quest to protect the Florida wildlife corridor gains ground

The Guardian

‘We’re saving the last of the last’: what Florida’s endangered panthers need to survive.

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A successful future for Path of the Panther depends on generous donations from supporters like you.

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