The Path of the Panther
Tuesday, March 29 | 4:30pm | Auditorium
Carlton Ward Jr Conservation Photographer & National Geographic Explorer
As the last big cat surviving in the eastern United States, and the state animal of Florida, the panther is an icon of Florida’s last wild places. Through impactful storytelling, Path of the Panther works to inspire the conservation of the land the Florida panther needs to survive which serves both humans and wildlife. Ranchers and panthers are facing the same common threat — the rapid sprawling development that is consuming lands on which they both depend. By working with scientists and landowners to tell the Florida panther’s story, the Path of the Panther project is seeking common ground to balance the needs of a growing human population and the land protection needed to save wild Florida and keep the Everglades connected to North America.
Carlton Ward Jr is a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer whose passion for nature was born from the Florida landscape. His mission is to inspire appreciation and protection of Florida’s original nature and culture – the endangered wildness that is often hidden in plain sight but very much needs our attention to be saved.
The Path of the Panther project has been Carlton’s full-time focus since 2016, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society and numerous partners.
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