Tonight: NY Lecture by Panthera President Dr. Hunter: Leopard Conservation in Africa-Where Science, Hunting & Policy Converge
Join us tonight at 7pm at the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society in Hunting, New York to hear Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, discuss the natural history of leopards, as well as the conservation efforts that are being employed to protect this magnificent big cat.
Leopards are one of the most wide-ranging carnivore species on the planet, with a distribution that spans much of Africa and Asia, as well as parts of the Middle East and south-eastern Europe. However, the vast majority of leopards are found outside of protected areas and, consequently, they are the most persecuted large felid in the world. They are hunted by farmers and pastoralists because of the real and perceived threat they pose to livestock; they are legally targeted by commercial trophy hunters, and they are killed by poachers for traditional uses that range from ceremonial dress to folk medicine.
Despite such widespread persecution, leopards are often assumed to warrant low conservation priority. Although there have been numerous studies on the ecology and behavior of leopards, the conservation concerns of the species have rarely been addressed.
Hear how Dr. Hunter came to establish Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project and how it has become a shining ecample of how good science can impact conservation policies that benefit wildlife.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Learn more about Dr. Luke Hunter
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