Thursday, April 22, 2021

Come Meet Athena,Florida Panther Kitten at the Naples Zoo

Have you met Athena? She is the new Florida panther kitten at the Naples Zoo.

As a young kitten, Athena was left behind by her mother in Big Cypress National Preserve last summer. After some health issues were addressed by the veterinarians at Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida, Athena came to Naples Zoo where she has been cared for behind-the-scenes by the Zoo’s Carnivore Team, as well as the Zoo’s veterinarian since August. The six-month-old kitten can now be seen at the Florida panther exhibit at Naples Zoo.

Athena is the third kitten to receive care at Naples Zoo’s panther facility since it opened in 2015, as part of a collaborative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

If you haven’t met Athena yet, stop by the panther exhibit any morning between 9 AM and noon to say hello!

The Naples Zoo is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road. For more information, including Athena’s full story, visit

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