Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.
A pioneer in the wild cat conservation field, Dr. Rabinowitz’s work led to the creation of the world’s first jaguar sanctuary in Belize and the establishment of the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar’s Hukaung Valley. Dr. Rabinowitz is also renowned for the conceptualization and establishment of the Jaguar Corridor - a series of genetic corridors connecting jaguars across their range from Mexico to Argentina - and the initiation of Panthera's Tiger Corridor Initiative, which aims to identify and protect the world's last remaining large interconnected tiger landscapes. During the festival, Dr. Rabinowitz participated in a panel in which he shared stories from his lifetime of work in wildlife conservation.
In addition, ‘My Pantanal,’ a short film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President Andrea Heydlauff, was one of three finalists for the ‘Best Children’s Program’ at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. ‘My Pantanal’ is the first film project fully produced by Panthera that is aimed at informing local and international audiences about how ranching and conservation can coexist in the Brazilian Pantanal,. This film has been produced in English and in Portuguese so it can reach its primary audience – local people who share their homes with jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal.
The Teton Cougar Project , carried out in partnership by Panthera and Craighead Beringia South, was also the focus of the National Geographic film, ‘American Cougar,’ which premiered at the Festival. Over the last ten years, Dr. Howard Quigley, Panthera’s Executive Director of Jaguar Programs and Teton Cougar Project Director, and Derek Craighead, President of Craighead Beringia South, have co-directed field research that has intensively tracked and studied both collared and non-collared cougars to understand their movements, population dynamics, predator-prey relationships and interaction with other large predators, including wolves, grizzly bears and black bears.
Dr. Howard Quigley and Panthera Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, were also invited to participate in several panels at the Wildlife Film Festival to discuss the status, threats, and conservation solutions for the world’s big cats, and the role that the media can play to support these solutions.
Read Panthera’s Press Release for more information on Panthera’s awards and activities at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.