Key Deer Protection Alliance

PO Box 430224

Big Pine Key, FL 33043

About KDPA



 Welcome to our website!  We are the Key Deer Protection Alliance.  We're here to tell you about the Key deer, a very special endangered species unique to the Florida Keys, and how they (hopefully) are being saved from extinction... if their habitat doesn't keep disappearing.  As our name says, we are a group of citizens dedicated to protecting these endearing creatures, as extinction of any species bodes ill for our own survival.  

We hope you will take some time to browse our menus and enjoy learning about the Key deer and their existence on these islands, the threats they face, and about our organization and how we're helping to ensure survival of the Key deer.  And please consider joining KDPA.

Our Mission Statement

Founded 1989 as a not for profit organization. We want to save the Key deer from extinction. Education and habitat protection are our primary long-term goals. We believe that presentation of factual information will foster positive attitudes toward current and future protection measures for the deer.   Recognizing that the historical range of the deer encompasses much of privately owned property, the Alliance supports land acquisition on a “willing seller, vacant land” basis. Primary habitat MUST be protected; the species cannot survive if its range is limited only to those lands within the present National Key Deer Refuge.   Short-term goals of the Alliance relate to reducing the number of deaths resulting from human-deer interaction (automobile, illegal feeding, free-roaming dogs, etc.) and enhancing current habitat to maintain a healthy ecosystem.   The Alliance regards the Key deer as a national treasure to be protected as a legacy for future generations.” 

KDPA Board of Directors

President           Vivian Beck

Vice President    Elaine Sweet Mason

Secretary           Linda Hall

Treasurer           Hareen Gershman


Hareen  Gershman

Cheryl  Lumbard

Linda Muncy
Joyce Clark Newman

Alicia Putney

Photos courtesy of Capt. Michael Vaughn