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Big Cypress National Preserve at 80 Percent Recovery From Hurricane Damage

Swamp walks, kayak tours, and visitors facilities — all back in full swing at Big Cypress National Preserve.

“Right now we’re at about 80 percent recovery to our facilities
which is really good news,” Chief of Interpretation Adrianna McLane said.

Big Cypress is almost fully up and running after months of
repair following Hurricane Irma.

Despite two campgrounds still being closed due to facility
impacts and the continued monitoring of long-term habitat impacts, trails are back up and running, and it’s business as usual.

The preserve is home to alligators, manatees, birds, and 40
to 50 of the 230 wild Florida Panthers.

“We’re really excited that folks have come back to Big Cypress
to visit, we’re seeing pretty good visitation this time of year, but we really do want to encourage folks to come out and visit their national parks and enjoy all the things we offer,” McLane said.