The Florida panther that guests will see at Naples Zoo’s new exhibit is an approximately 2-year-old male rescued in October by FWC biologists. After surviving a shotgun blast to both the face and hindquarters, the wounded and blinded cat may have been surviving on road kill for up to six weeks before he was found. He received urgent care at the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida followed by critical care at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The panther was named Uno as he was the first animal treated in their new veterinary hospital. FWC is still investigating the shooting of this panther.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation and education programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. For more information, visit www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409.