The following information was excerpted from the The 2008 Florida Statutes, Title 4, Chapter 15, Section 15.0353.
TITLE IV EXECUTIVE BRANCH
CHAPTER 15 SECRETARY OF STATE
15.0353 Official state animal. --The Florida panther is hereby designated and declared as the official Florida state animal.
History.--s. 1, ch. 82-61.
The 2008 Florida Statutes. SOURCE:SUBNAMEIFAPP. 2009. 3 April 2009 <http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=View%20Statutes&Submenu=1&Tab=statutes>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Florida Panther Net: All about Florida's state animal, the elusive endangered Florida Panther.
Florida Panther: Friends of the Florida panther website.
Florida Panther: Defenders of Wildlife website.
Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi): National Wildlife Foundation's eNature.com field guide.
Puma concolor (Cougar): Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - North American Mammals.
Puma concolor coryi (Florida Panther): The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
Puma concolor coryi - (Bangs, 1896), Florida Panther: A network connecting science with conservation - NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life.
Puma concolor coryi (Bangs, 1899) : Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
State Mammals: Complete list of official state mammals.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Florida state symbols.
Florida Panthers: Struggle for Survival, by William Caper. 32 pages. Bearport Publishing (July 31, 2007) Reading level: Ages 4-8. In Florida Panthers: Struggle for Survival, children relive the inspiring and heroic efforts of people who stepped in to save this remarkable creature when all seemed lost. Through this true tale of wildlife survival, readers discover the bold and creative ideas that Americans and their government have used to protect and care for the country's endangered wildlife.
The Florida Panther: Life And Death Of A Vanishing Carnivore, by David Maehr. 278 pages. Island Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1997) David S. Maehr served as project leader of the Florida Panther Study Project, helping to gather much of the later, surprisingly positive data. In The Florida Panther, he presents the first detailed portrait of the animal-its biology, natural history, and current status-and a realistic assessment of its prospects for survival.
Swamp Screamer: At Large with the Florida Panther, by Charles Fergus. 224 pages. University Press of Florida; 1st edition (February 1, 1998) The Florida panther is an endangered species, its way of life altered by the spread of suburban culture across the state. In Swamp Screamer, Charles Fergus tracks the fifty or so panthers that survive in Florida, vividly describing the people trying to save these remarkable creatures -- including wildlife biologists trying to preserve panther habitat and radical animal lovers who regard the panther as a symbol of their crusade on behalf of nature.
The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, by Michael Grunwald. 480 pages. Simon & Schuster (March 27, 2007) The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. The Swamp is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends.
The Best of: Florida Panthers, [ DVD ] Big cats have inhabited Florida for thousands of years. There is now an effort to save the few remaining panthers. This video is the story of Florida's captive breeding program.