07 Jan

Dr. Luke Hunter Lecture on “The Vanishing Lion” - Sunday, Jan. 9, at 92Y


Did you know that fewer than 25,000 lions remain in the wild in Africa today and that this enigmatic species has lost over 80% of its historic range?  Join us for a special lecture to learn more about “The Vanishing Lion” this Sunday, January 9, at NYC’s 92nd Street Y from lion expert and Panthera Executive Vice President, Dr. Luke Hunter, and former ABC news correspondent, Lynn Sherr to learn about the current state of Africa’s lions, why their numbers have dropped so precipitously and the on-the-ground work Panthera is doing through Project Leonardo and the Lion Guardians program to conserve the African lion.

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Dr. Hunter’s talk will cover a number of relevant and timely topics such as:

  • The surprising, often unknown conservation status of lions which are far more imperiled than generally known, especially outside protected areas;
  • The reasons for the precipitous decline in lions;
  • The reasons for the difficulties of conserving lions; and

The innovative ways in which Panthera is working to reverse this trend, most notably through Project Leonardo, Panthera’s ground breaking initiative for conserving the African lion across its range, and its partnership with the Kenyan group ‘Living with Lions’ in building the novel Lion Guardians Program in East Africa that addresses retaliatory and traditional spearing of lions by Maasai warriors.

Dr. Luke Hunter is Panthera’s Executive Vice President where he oversees the direction and strategy of all of the organization’s global wild cat conservation programs. Before joining Panthera, Dr. Hunter headed the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Great Cats Program and taught wildlife ecology at several universities in Australia and South Africa. Dr. Hunter has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992. His Ph.D. dissertation examined the behavior and ecology of reintroduced cheetahs and lions in South Africa, and evaluated the effectiveness of reintroduction as a tool to re-establish large cat populations. Dr. Hunter’s current projects include assessing the effects of sport hunting and illegal persecution on leopards outside protected areas, developing a conservation strategy for lions across their African range, and the first intensive study of Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran.

Lynn Sherr is a former ABC News correspondent, author of Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words and Tall Blondes, a book about giraffes. She is also co-editor of Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life. Her most recent book, a memoir—Outside the Box: My Unscripted Life of Love, Loss, and Television News—is out in paperback.

Safari of the Mind Lecture Series

Saving the Tiger: Already Too Late? is the third and final Safari of the Mind panel that will be held at 92Y on Sunday, January 16, at 7:30pm. Get your tickets now to see Panthera Founder and Chairman Thomas Kaplan, PhD and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz discuss the current state of tiger conservation.