Florida panther arrives at the Palm Beach Zoo

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) -- A 12-year-old Florida Panther named Mirasol will go on exhibit at the Palm Beach Zoo.

A Zoo board member and her husband named Mirasol, meaning "sunflower.

Until October, Mira lived at the South Florida Wildlife rehabilitation Center. It closed after its founder was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which sought placement of the animals living at his shelter.

Zookeepers say Mira is doing well and is in great condition, considering her age. She has a spinal curvature that makes her less flexible. The staff is working with her to build muscle and increase flexibility.

About Florida Panthers

The Florida panther, the official state The Florida panther, the official state animal of Florida, is one of 30 Puma concolor subspecies known by many names, including puma, cougar, mountain lion, painter, catamount and panther. According to the FWC, there are currently between 100 and 160 Florida panthers in the wild.

The Palm Beach Zoo is a 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. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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