WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announces the unveiling of new exhibits in its Florida wetlands section. The crown jewel is the John and Carole Moran ‘Panther Prowl,’ home to both cougar Micco and a rescued Florida female panther Sassafras.
“We exist thanks to the generosity of amazing zoo supporters. At our annual gala, Carole and John Moran were awarded the 2016 Gala Stewardship Award, for not only funding the Panther Prowl, but also new homes for the ocelots,” said Andrew Aiken, Zoo President and CEO. “The addition of ‘Sassy’ to the zoo’s collection is a testament to our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide excellent quality of life in our efforts to save species.”
Sassy was in the temporary care of Naples Zoo before arriving at Palm Beach Zoo. She was rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Collier-Seminole State Park. It is believed the orphan’s mother was hit and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 41 East in early October 2015.
“Sassy was at such a young age when she was left to fend for herself, she will never be able to return to the wild,” explained Nancy Nill, Associate Curator for the Zoo. “Simply put, she is a survivor.”
Mardi, the zoo’s resident white alligator also received a new spacious home with stunning underwater views. The bald eagle exhibit, the roseate spoonbill, and the ibis exhibits were also upgraded.
About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.