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Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Naples
(2.8/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located in southwestern Florida, twenty miles east of Naples, in the upper segment of the Fakahatchee Strand of the Big Cypress Swamp. It is north of I-75 and west of SR 29.The 26400acre refuge was established in 1989 under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to protect the endangered Florida panther, as well as other threatened plant and animal species. The Florida panther is the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. The refuge is part of a network of private land and government protected areas. Some of the public sections of the system are the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. In all, less than 100 panthers use the area, with fewer than a dozen passing through the refuge each month.To protect the panther and other endangered inhabitants, general public use is only available at the southeast corner of the refuge, on designated hiking trails. All other areas can only be seen by way of limited tours.
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  • We were crossing from Miami and decided to get out and take a short walk on the trail. The short 1/3 Mile trail was in pretty good shape. However, the long trail was muddy and impassable. I would not ...  more »
  • We had a friend in the know so got a behind the scene tour of the refuge. Just wonderful, we had a great day out. Everyone was very nice to meet and the intern who showed us around was a fantastic you...  more »
  • We walk as many of these trails as we can when we visit a region and anything we see we feel is a bonus; after all these aren't zoos nor is it Disneyland. We were disappointed here as we couldn't comp...  more »
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  • I would give this beautiful refuge five stars, but only 4 because of the fact that I was totally unaware that there was no Barring or fencing or anything like that on the reserve. It's a great place ! beautiful! But just know when you go on those paths .... It's a refuge , ( AND NEEDS TO BE KEPT THAT WAY) I walked past a rattlesnake 5 inches from my bare ankle . There's tons of owls and great walking paths . Just be careful. The florida Panthers usually sleep in the morning . But there is so much wildlife . Good times .
  • Glad that there is a Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. There is a short trail located there....We did not see any panthers on our hike there.....just an eastern diamond rattlesnake !
  • really educational liked the trails
  • They have an awesome for crew.
  • This Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge must be protected! The Florida Panther is extremely endangered. I don't care what its official designation is, because those are revised for political reasons such as being able to drill and process oil is sensitive areas of Florida's environment!. If you remember, Texas Panthers had to be set free in Florida just to boost the Fla Panthers gene pool. The only thing we can do to battle this and other injustices to our Florida Wildlife Refuges, Preserves and State Parks is to vote out our current Governor. He fails to see the long term benefits of Eco-tourism in beautiful areas like Bonita Springs, Fl.