We are thrilled to share that we have surpassed our Anti-Poaching Campaign goal, and have raised over $120,000 in 6 weeks to help stop the war on wildlife. We couldn't have done this without you. Your donation, 100% of which goes to the field, is already at work around the world protecting big cats.
From all of us at Panthera, thank you for being champions for wildlife. We are deeply grateful for your unwavering commitment and continued support of our conservation efforts to ensure a future for the world's wild cats.
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What is Poaching?
Poaching is one of the most pervasive threats to wildlife around the world. Tigers, lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other lesser known species are heavily targeted for their skins, claws, tusks, horns, and other body parts, for the illegal wildlife market where they are sold and traded.
Utilizing helicopters, automatic weapons, chainsaws, snares and poison, poachers are slaughtering and wounding wildlife, and all who stand between them, including park guards, conservationists and even civilians. Poaching of wildlife is no longer just a conservation issue, it is a criminal one.
These horrific crimes are carried out on a grand scale – the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a $20 billion a year industry, and is causing the drastic declines of wildlife populations including tigers and lions across Asia and Africa.
Prey species, like antelope, deer, wild pigs and buffalo, are also overhunted by people and often targeted for the illegal wildlife market as well. Declining prey populations leads to another set of issues for big cats. Where big cats have insufficient prey, livestock depredation increases, resulting in human-wildlife conflict, which often ends in people retaliating and killing big cats.
How Panthera Prevents Poaching
Panthera is working around the world to combat this key threat of poaching. We work with numerous partners to stop poachers in their tracks by helping to train, outfit, and incentivize park rangers – the watch guards of the forests who are patrolling dangerous landscapes to protect big cats and other wildlife that share their homes.
In the Summer of 2013, Panthera raised over $120,000 to support efforts to help stop the war on wildlife. Join Panthera, stand with the rangers, and protect wildlife by continuing to support Panthera’s ongoing Anti-Poaching Campaign.
100% of your donation will go directly to the field to support Panthera’s anti-poaching efforts around the world. Your contribution will help coordinate anti-poaching patrols; outfit rangers and park guards; prevent the setting of snares; better train and equip guards to apprehend poachers; establish community informant networks who have inside information to ‘tip-off’ authorities to stop poaching incidents before they happen; and support Panthera in creating technology to outsmart even the most advanced poaching networks.
- $2,500 will help Panthera continue to develop surveillance technology that can alert park guards in real time when poachers are entering protected areas
- $1,000 can provide a motorcycle or contribute to needed vehicles to assist with effective patrols
- $500 can assist with anti-poaching training; in 2012 Panthera trained more than 600 guards in Asia alone
- $250 covers the cost of one camera trap to help monitor big cats; up to 300 units are required in one study site
- $50 dollars can cover the monthly costs of one informant network who provides invaluable information to authorities to stop poaching incidents before they happen
How to Help Stop the War on Wildlife
100% of donations go directly to the field to support Panthera’s anti-poaching efforts and other conservation efforts around the world to save big cats.
Train and outfit park rangers to patrol and protect key landscapes for wildlife, establish community informant networks, and more.
Support anti-poaching patrols who remove and prevent wire snares from being set for big cats and other wildlife, and rescue wildlife caught in snares.
Outfit a Ranger
Support the boots on the ground protecting wildlife by providing training and equipment needed to stop poaching –like backpacks, waterproof boots, GPS units, motorcycles and vehicles.
Predator Proof Corrals
Prevent local people from killing cats due to conflict with livestock and selling their parts to wildlife traders by supporting training in proper livestock husbandry practices, like building predator-proof corrals.
Raise awareness about the threat of poaching and support Panthera’s anti-poaching efforts via email and social media.
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Other Ways to Help
Stand With a Wildlife Ranger
Show support for the conservation heroes protecting wildlife on the frontlines with Panthera's badges.
Adopt a Cat
Adopt a wild cat for yourself, or in the name of a family member, friend, or classroom.