Caves are a rarity in Mississippi, but home to bats and other cave-dwellers important to healthy ecosystems. Scientific research starting in 2004 has lead to cataloging the area's plants and animals and mapping more than 200 feet of passages--including stalactites, flowstone and rim stone.
Scientists are removing non-native species such as cogongrass to allow native vegetation types to sustain healthy populations. Many of the plants are rare here, but found more readily in more northerly climates.
Some rare plants found at the Cat’s Den Cave Preserve:
Researchers reflect a variety of disciplines and institutions, including the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University.
For more information on Cat's Den Cave, please contact Becky Stowe, Terrestrial Programs Manager.
The Nature Conservancy
South Mississippi Conservation Program
10910 Highway 57, Suite C
Vancleave, MS 39565