If you want to save the wildlife of this world - you need to preserve habitat.
Habitat is quickly disappearing day by day and even hour by hour. The simple equation for animal survivability is that they need a place to live. Humans are rapidly encroaching on wildlife habitat all over the world. Animals are forced to compete with humans for limited resources. And the animals always lose!
Southwest Florida is a prime example of habitat loss. As one of the fastest growing areas of the United States, this area has seen a very rapid decline in animal habitat. The Florida Panther (Puma Concolor Coryi) an endangered big cat is showing the stress of the unavailability of suitable habitat. There are approximately 80 or so of these beautiful animals left in south Florida. These cats are being killed not only by automobiles but most recently, by each other. As a matter of fact the number one cause of death among the panther population is interspecies aggression or in simpler terms; they are killing each other. They have to compete for a much smaller chunk of land. A male panther requires approximately 120 square miles of habitat to survive with females tending to smaller territories.
The Ft. Myers area just a few years ago contained prime panther habitat. It is now gone. Juvenile panthers looking for their own territory are forced to swim across the Caloosahatchee River in search of new area to hunt. Unfortunately, there are very few patches of land left for them to live out their lives. One such remaining patch is the Babcock Ranch.
This working ranch is 140 square miles in size and actually connects up with protected land that forms a corridor from Lake Okeechobee in the center of the state to the west coast of Florida. The Babcock Ranch is a major piece completing this land corridor.
Babcock Ranch is the biggest land acquisition project in Florida. The Babcock Preservation Partnership with Felids and Friends and many wonderful organizations worked full time to facilitate the purchase of the ranch to remain forever protected habitat.
To learn more on this historic purchase, visit the Babcock Preservation Partnership web site.
And stay tuned to our News page for updates on Babcock Ranch