Florida Rescued Panther Becomes The Face of Florida's Panther Population

The female panther born within Southwest Florida was given the name of FWC Kitten 434. K434 was discovered hiding out in Bougainvillea bushes close to a Naples, Florida set of tennis courts. She was deemed 12 to 14 weeks of age. The officials were called as the Florida law enforces and the FWC came to the rescue.
At this time, the mother of K434 was being tracked by a VHF radio collar. K434 was also being tracked by the FWC and biologist’s who together work to manage the panther species. They concluded that the mother was divided from her kitten due to a busy highway that ran near their home in the wild. Later on after K434 was taken in for rescue and rehabilitation it was confirmed that the mother of K434 and her siblings were fatally wounded and killed from a vehicle strike on the highway. This is a common cause for panther deaths in Florida every year.
PantherSociety.org FWC Kitten 434 K434 was taken to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa for rehabilitation on the behalf of the state and federal wildlife officials who authorized the call to rescue the kitten. She was treated for several months at this facility. K434 was still in the socialization stage due to her young age but was on the edge of growing out of it. In short, K434 understood she was a panther but was still allowing humans to enter into her life. When her treatment was finished the FWC allocated her to a new home in the Zoo Miami which is equipped with several caretakers, veterinarians, animal keepers, and science specialists who would be able to properly continue care for K434. K434 still resides there today in a private section of the zoo and she receives proper around the clock care.
All of the professionals and caretakers at the Zoo Miami who care for K434 refer to her as Florida’s panther. She represents everyone and all represent her in a fight that they can not fight themselves - fighting to survive in a overly congested region. Florida is a very dangerous area for panthers to live in. It far from quiet, over crowded, and Florida panthers are finding less and less ground area to roam. Florida’s population is ever ground causing panther’s to loose their wildlife habitat. They are also suffering due to road construction, residential/commercial land development, and pre hydraulic fracturing. If you ever wanted to visit Miami Zoo, buy zoo admission ticket with a discount at Groupon.
K434 is one example of what is becoming of the orphaned panthers that are left over from their families deaths due to migration in order to find safer and quieter land to live on. As their primary habitat lessens the panthers will seek other places to take refuge. In Florida their will soon be very few wildlife areas for them left. This brings us to the issue of panther conservation throughout Florida. Panthers are listed as Endangered and animal welfare activities will stop at nothing to save this species. It is currently estimated that there are only about one hundred to one hundred and eighty panthers left according to the State and Federal agencies that monitor the panthers population in Southwest Florida. The Zoo Miami is also dedicated in panther population recovery - the professionals are helping through ongoing monitoring of tracking the panther population and learning how to better aid in kitten survival plus much much more.
You can help in one of many ways to save the panther population.
- Offer a donation to the Florida Panther Recovery Program and footnote it - Florida Panther Conservation online or Send in a check with the same subject on the notes section of the check
- Send an email to the current Florida legislators and question what the state of Florida is offering to help protect and conserve the Florida Panther population
- Take a visit to a surround zoo or wildlife sanctuary and question of they currently have any residing panthers at their location and how they are helping them. Or question what they can do in order to aid the panther survival rate in the wild