TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 22, 2011
Spring is a time of fresh beginnings and new arrivals, and the Tallahassee Museum is excited to announce two new additions to the Museum team: a Florida Panther mascot, and a “live” two year old male panther.
“This young panther has a lot of energy, curiosity and playfulness,” said Museum Animal Curator Mike Jones. “He is sure to add new excitement to the Museum’s panther exhibit.”
Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the juvenile panther was recently brought to the Museum with the transportation assistance of Cat Life Foundation, and is slowly being introduced to his new habitat.
Equally exciting this spring is the announcement of the Museum’s official Florida Panther mascot, affectionately known as “FP,” who is available for community events and private appearances as he works to fulfill his mission to help people understand the importance of Florida’s natural and cultural resources.
“We are delighted to have FP’s help and support,” said Museum Director of Education, Jennifer Golden. “FP is well suited to help us encourage people to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles and value the role of history in their lives.”
With a very thrilling spring season ahead, the Museum’s goal with these two unveilings is to increase people’s knowledge and awareness of Florida Panthers, as well as of Florida’s natural environment and native wildlife.
Set amidst 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna, the Tallahassee Museum has served as an iconic Tallahassee landmark for more than 50 years. Ranked as one of Florida’s top museums, the Museum encourages guests to discover and learn about North Florida’s natural environment, rich history and diverse communities. The Museum’s living exhibits of native Florida wildlife in their natural environment, nature trails and native gardens are renowned by visitors of all ages. The Museum’s Big Bend Farm immerses museum-goers in a 19th century farm experience, while exhibits in the 1890s Concord school, the Seaboard Airline Caboose, the 1937 Bethlehem Missionary Baptist church and at the mid-19th century Bellevue cotton plantation explore the history of Southern communities. Daily programs, annual events, free parking, a museum store and the Trail Break Café make the Museum a favored destination for more than 100,000 annual visitors. The Tallahassee Museum is a not-for-profit, funded by private donations, grants, sponsorships, membership and fundraisers. www.tallahasseemuseum.org.