Uno the Florida Panther - An Ambassador for the Endangered Cats at Naples Zoo

Uno the Florida panther was rescued by a panther biologist from a roadside in eastern Collier County. Still a kitten, he had been blinded in both eyes by a shotgun blast and injured by a second shot in his hindquarters. After receiving medical care, Uno is now an ambassador for the rare Florida cats in a new exhibit at Naples Zoo. There much more to the story, though. The zoo has created habitat space behind Uno’s area for injured or orphaned panthers to be rehabilitated before being released back to the wild. And, fundraising is underway for a new large-animal veterinary clinic at the zoo that will assist with panther and other animal injuries. The endangered Florida panther’s primary habitat is Southwest Florida. Soon, injured cats will receive immediate care here rather than being transported to facilities in Tampa or north Florida. You can visit Uno and the many other animals at Naples Zoo daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

written by JoNell Modys
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