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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Students, Faculty Run to Key West for Panthers

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A team of 10 Florida Gulf Coast University honors students and faculty will run from Fort Myers to Key West and back Dec. 15-21 to raise money and awareness of the challenges faced by the Florida panther. "Trails for Tails" will run through and around panther habitat for seven days during a 600-mile run.

A kickoff party will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Bar Louie at Gulf Coast Town Center. On Dec. 15, runners will take off from Alico Arena following FGCU's commencement ceremonies.

With approximately 120 panthers left in South Florida, they are critically endangered. Loss of habitat combined with rapid development has led to scores of panther deaths due to vehicle collision.

To support the cause, please contribute at Donations will go to The Conservation Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity that supports conservation efforts around the country, and will be earmarked for projects protecting Florida wildlife and its habitat.

For more information, contact Sean Kelly, director of the FGCU Honors Program, at (239) 590-7440, or

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