The innovative leopard conservation work of Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, to create a faux leopard skin is featured in today’s BusinessDay newspaper. This newspaper is based in South Africa where Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project is also headquartered. Read the article to learn how leopard skins are in increasing demand among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations. Also learn about Tristan’s work to reduce the high demand for real leopard skins by working with digital designers and clothing companies to create a high-quality and affordable faux leopard skin.
Click here to watch videos about the leopard skin trade and learn more about Tristan’s leopard conservation work.
Read more about this project in the article below -
- Biologist Enters the Fashion Field in a Bid to Save Wild Leopards. All About Wildlife.
- Top 200 Young South Africans. Mail & Guardian.
- Leopard pelt trader gets off scot-free. Mail & Guardian.