Spotlight on Panthers: 5 Incredible Facts You Might Not Know
By McKenzie Mak
Whether you’re a big cat lover or just looking to learn more, there’s no denying the allure of panthers.
Panthers are majestic and awe-inspiring animals who capture the imagination with their beauty and grace. Here are five facts about these fascinating big cats that you may not have known:
1. Panther is a term that refers to several species of big cats
These include leopards, jaguars, and cougars. In the Americas, the term panther is commonly used to refer to the black panther.
A black panther.
2. Black panthers are not a separate species
Rather, they are a genetic variation of jaguars and leopards. Their black coloration is caused by a gene mutation that results in increased melanin production.
3. Panthers are vital to their ecosystems
As apex predators, panthers are essential to the habitats they live in. Their decline or removal from an area has devastating consequences.
4. Panthers face many threats
These threats include habitat loss, fragmentation, and poaching. It is estimated that there are only around 100 Florida panthers left in the wild, making them one of the most endangered big cats in the world.
5. There is a panther refuge in the United States
The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to protect the Florida panther and its habitat. The refuge is located in southwestern Florida and covers over 26,000 acres.
If you want to help protect animals, like panthers, and their habitats, consider donating to World Animal Protection by joining the Wild Side! Together, we can help ensure that these majestic animals continue to roam wild and free for generations to come. Join the Wild Side today and make a difference!