Each year the Palm Beach Zoo hosts a 5k dedicated to saving a different wild cat each year and this year, is “Save the Panther 5k.” Taking place on January 6th will be the first of big cat races to happen in 2018.
Funds of the “Save the Panther 5k” will benefit the Florida Wildlife Corridor to help protect and preserve the Florida panther our state’s rare and endangered big cat. Today the precious and majestic Florida panther is the official state animal. The panther is actually a member of the cougar variety of big cats and lives in swamps and forests across southern Florida. They range in size from 75 to 130 pounds and can live up to 15 years. Currently the estimated population of Florida panthers in south Florida is about 100-180 adults. So, their preservation and protection is a vital key to their longevity on this earth.
During the Save the Panther 5K participants can run or walk throughout the zoo where they will see animals like wallabies, singing dogs, ocelots, tigers and parrots. The run concludes in the park plaza where there will be a celebration afterward. For more information or to register for the race please visit: www.palmbeach zoo.org.