Panthera's 'faux leopard fur' project in South Africa, lead by Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson, was featured on CNN's Saturday morning news program this weekend. CNN anchors T.J. Holmes and Nadia Bilchik discussed how Tristan has developed an affordable and realistic faux leopard fur and is working with leaders of South Africa's Shembe Baptist Church to replace real leopard skins worn during cultural and religious celebrations by Shembe followers (approximately 5-11 million members currently exist). By working with community elders to adopt these faux skins, Panthera is reducing the impact on leopards, one of the world's most persecuted big cats.
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