Two six-month old cougar clubs from Texas now make the Tallahassee Museum their home. This new generation of big cats, add to the popular natural habitat exhibits at the Musuem.
The cubs, two sisters, were born at a zoo in New Braunfels, Texas, and relocated to Tallahassee once they were old enough. They are the closest relative of Florida panthers, which are extremely rare in the wild. At their young age, the cubs have spotted fur – but later, they will resemble the six-year-old Florida panther already living at the museum.
Tallahassee Museum is the Leon County’s oldest museum, situated on 52 wooded acres along Lake Bradford. Its collection of indigenous Florida wildlife includes black bears, an alligator, bob cats, birds of prey, deer, turkey and foxes, most of which were rescued after being injured and unable to survive in the wild. The museum also hosts endangered red wolves being prepared for release in a federal species-recovery program.
The museum tells the story of this region’s natural and cultural history with a pioneer farmstead with livestock and gardens, Bellevue plantation house, an early African-American church, a schoolhouse for children of freed slaves, a vintage caboose, and a hands-on science center. The museum also has a zip line that provides tree-level views of the expansive site’s natural beauty. The Tallahassee Museum is open seven days a week, closed only for Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving.
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