Two orphaned Florida panther kittens being cared for at ZooTampa made their public debut this week. The brothers, named Cypress and Pepper, were rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after their mother suffered from an unknown neurological disorder that is affecting wild populations of panthers and bobcats.
The almost 6-month-old kittens have been hand-raised in human care most of their lives, making them unlikely candidates for release back into the wild.
The healthy and energetic duo can be seen playing at ZooTampa daily from 11 am – 2 pm in their yard in the Wallaroo section for the next several weeks until a permanent home is identified. Viewing times subject to change without notice. Please check boards at the entrance of the park for details.
Home to 3 other rescued panthers, ZooTampa is a leader in the conservation of panthers and other Florida endangered wildlife.
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