Florida panther research is funded through the Florida Panther Research and Management Trust Fund. This fund receives its monies from your purchase of the Florida panther specialty license plate. This plate costs an additional $25 per year and all of those dollars go into this Trust Fund. Go to BuyaPlate.com for more information. The “Protect a Panther” tag is available for your car or truck from your local tax collector’s office.
In addition to the Trust Fund, a separate fund was established by The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida to aid in the recovery of injured or orphaned Florida panthers as well as other panther conservation needs. The Florida Panther Fund is an important resource that gives the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) flexibility to deal with rare, unplanned and non-budgeted events. The mission of the Foundation is to provide assistance, funding and promotional support for the FWC, and by doing so, contribute to the health and well-being of Florida's fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. To make a donation to the Foundation, you can visit their website at http://www.fishwildlifeflorida.org/product/panthers/.
Checks should be made payable to Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and be earmarked "Florida Panther Fund."
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida
P.O. Box 11010
Tallahassee, FL 32302
All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization [IRS 501(c)(3)], and is a State of Florida Tax Exempt organization.