Did you know an animal is hit by a car in the United States every 26 seconds?
With a month left in 2014, we have already witnessed a record-tying 19 Florida panthers killed on roadways. Though population numbers have improved recently, the major obstacles to the survival of the Florida panther remain unaddressed: our roads and other human infrastructure prevent these animals from expanding their range. As long as this remains the case, panther mortality will pose a serious threat to the population.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor encompasses a 15.8 million acre area of minimally developed land that could allow the panther and other wildlife to expand beyond their South Florida cul-de-sac. The Corridor team advocates for the protection of the “missing links” of the Corridor (nearly 2 millions acres deemed high-priority) to ensure the long-term protection of habitat for 42 federally listed endangered species and 176 state listed endangered species.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor is launching its Expedition on January 10th to increase awareness of the need for Corridors. The Expedition team will traverse the state similar to our native wildlife by hiking, biking and paddling their way more than 900 miles from the Everglades Headwaters in Central Florida, across the Panhandle to the Alabama border.
To learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor and the Expedition route, please visit our website atwww.floridawildlifecorridor.org.