Panthera Featured on CBS 60 Minutes

Get a behind the scenes look at CBS' "60 Minutes" coverage of Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project

About the Special

About the Jaguar


Hear a Baby Jaguar Roar

Scientific Name: Panthera Onca

Current Range: 18 countries from Mexico to Argentina

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Regionally Extinct: El Salvador, Uruguay

Threats: Habitat loss and fragmentation, direct hunting and overhunting of jaguars’ natural prey

Weight: 100-250 pounds

Life Span: 12-15 years

Coat Pattern: Jaguars’ distinctive black spots are called rosettes because they are shaped like roses.

Read Panthera’s Jaguar Report Card.

Read Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative Brochure.

In late 2010, CBS’ "60 Minutes" crew joined Panthera’s Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, and Panthera's CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. CBS was there to showcase Panthera's innovative Pantanal Jaguar Project to conserve these magnificent cats.

During one week of filming, the CBS crew, led by News Correspondent Bob Simon, followed Panthera’s scientists as they gathered critical data on jaguars in the Pantanal, and got a firsthand look at the motivation behind the project, through revealing conversations with both Tom Kaplan and Alan Rabinowitz. CBS was in the field with them and Panthera’s other experts, Dr. Howard Quigley, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Dr. Rafael Hoogesteijn, when they captured and placed GPS (Global Positioning System) collars on two jaguars – one of which is the first female jaguar Panthera has collared as part of the Pantanal Jaguar Project, named Noca.

Watch CBS’ In Search of the Jaguar program to travel with "60 Minutes" and Panthera to meet the incredible wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal, learn about the state of the jaguar, and explore the conservation work Panthera is doing to ensure a future for the jaguar.

Be sure to watch the "60 Minutes" update, aired in 2013, on Noca’s activities since her collaring, including the birth of a new cub.

Learn why we use GPS collars and how they operate.


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Support Panthera

Please help Panthera by making a contribution to support our global conservation initiatives. Because Panthera’s overhead is underwritten by our Chairman, 100% of your donation goes directly to the field, where it matters most.

A donation of any amount will help us ensure a future for the world’s largest and most imperiled cats, including jaguars.

Your generous donation will support Panthera’s efforts including:

  • $75 supplies one snake-bite kit for field scientists and ranchers in the Pantanal
  • $250 supplies a rancher with one GPS unit to collect locations of jaguars to assist research
  • $500 supports GPS-radio collaring (each collar costs $3,500)
  • $1000 supports one month of maintenance and field expenses for a scat-sniffing dog
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Watch In Search of the Jaguar

Watch the 60 Minutes Update


Videos of the Pantanal's Jaguars

Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, frequently visits the Pantanal to capture inspiring photographs of jaguars as they hunt, roam and rest on river banks. These “videos” are comprised of two sequences of photographs of a jaguar taken a split second apart. Watch them to see this magnificent jaguar in its natural state….napping, waking up, and more napping!


Panthera's My Pantanal

Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, wrote and directed a 10 minute film called “My Pantanal” which is about a little boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a ‘conservation ranch’ within Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project. Watch Aerenilso as he leads us through the Pantanal, and shows us how the cowboys and Panthera’s biologists are working together so that ranching and jaguars can coexist in this magical place.


Contact Us

For press inquiries regarding the CBS 60 Minutes program, please contact Panthera's Communications Manager, Susie Weller at sweller@panthera.org, 347-446-9904. For all other inquiries, please contact us at info@panthera.org.


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