I'm writing to you today from Corbett National Park in India, one of the most well known tiger reserves in the world. Many of the world's leading tiger experts, including my colleagues from Panthera and I, are here at our 5th Annual Tigers Forever meeting - to assess our progress towards achieving tiger and prey increases in key landscapes across the tiger's range. As iconic as tigers are, sadly, their long-term future can be described as precarious at best, with fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wild.
However, Tigers Forever is one of the tiger's greatest hopes as the program directly addresses their key threats: poaching, lack of prey, and habitat loss.
Featured in National Geographic's December issue, A Cry for the Tiger, explores the state of the world's last 3,200 wild tigers, and highlights the innovative conservation actions that are being implemented through the Tigers Forever program to ensure that tigers live long into the future. This issue also features an insightful letter on Politics and Big Cats by Panthera's Vice President Dr. George Schaller.
The article's photos, taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, are rare, candid, and frankly breathtaking. One image captures (via camera trap) the elusive Sumatran subspecies. Due to their rugged habitat and low density, Sumatran tigers are seldom, if ever, seen in the wild. Here, we see a gorgeous male moving silently through the night. At first glance, it's hard not to conjure up words like 'apparition' or 'ethereal' - it's almost as if he is not of this earth, a spirit cat, whose presence is a magical, fleeting event.
With your support, Panthera is working to ensure that tigers are not only present, but that they thrive and are here to stay. We are ensuring a future for tigers by putting all of our focus and resources on mitigating the key threats they face. Through the Tigers Forever program, Panthera is helping put boots on the ground to strengthen law enforcement patrols to prevent poachers, reduce human-tiger conflict, and all the while monitor progress - so we know that our efforts are having the needed impact and are ultimately aiding in increasing tiger numbers. But we still need your help.
I ask that you please help Panthera aim a blow-torch at the tiger-killing crisis by making a contribution to Panthera's Tigers Forever program. Give now and 100% of your donation will go directly to the field, where it matters most.
As always, thank you for your continued support and for joining us in helping to save the world's big cats.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz