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Carlton Ward

A male panther leaps over a creek at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Florida. The rarely seen cats, which number only around 200, are reclaiming territory north of the Everglades, but their habitat is threatened by suburban sprawl. In June, Florida enacted sweeping protections for wildlife corridors critical to their survival. (From “How America’s most endangered cat could help save Florida,” March 2021.)


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