Panthera’s cub-centric December newsletter has just been released. Read it now to learn about the $1 million raised by Panthera's supporters for wild cats on #GivingTuesday and see a precious new video of snow leopard cubs licking icicles, climbing rocks and playing in Tajikistan. Also learn about a new litter of jaguar cubs photographed in Colombia, the first reported case of a wild leopard cub adoption, and a new report on the state of lions in Africa.
Suitable Lion Habitat Reduced by 75% and Wild Lion Population Under Decline
New York, NY – A new study released this week confirms that lions are rapidly and literally losing ground across Africa’s once-thriving savannahs due to burgeoning human population growth and subsequent, massive land-use conversion. Representing the most comprehensive assessment of the state and vitality of African savannah habitat to date, the report maintains that the lion has lost 75% of its original natural habitat in Africa – a reduction that has devastated lion populations across the continent.
Panthera’s Jaguar Photo Wins Runner-Up Prize in 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards
We're excited to share that Panthera's camera trap photo of a jaguar mother and cubs in a Colombian oil palm plantation won the Runner-Up Prize in the New Discoveries category of the 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards! Garnering substantial media coverage earlier this year, this photo was one of several images taken with Panthera’s camera traps that provided the first photographic evidence of wild jaguars with cubs in an oil palm plantation in Colombia.
Recently, Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, sat down for an interview with Sanctuary Asia Cub, a children’s nature magazine dedicated to fostering love and appreciation for the wild and emphasizing the importance of conservation among youth.
Read Andrea’s interview to learn how she became passionate about protecting wildlife, her career in wildlife conservation, including the incredible wild places she has visited over the years, Andrea’s inspiring advice for young women interested in conservation, and finally, her thoughts on the critical role that youth play in the future of the world’s wildlife.
Our photo of the day features a stunning Amur tiger, taken by Panthera's Senior Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich. Found in the Russian Far East, Amur, or Siberian tigers are the largest subspecies of tiger, but today their numbers hover between 350-400.
Learn how Panthera is working to protect these magnificent cats through our Tigers Forever Program.
All of us at Panthera are absolutely humbled by the incredible outpouring of support we received on #GivingTuesday. Thanks to your generosity, we are thrilled to share that Panthera received over $300,000 in donations yesterday!
Every dollar donated on #GivingTuesday has been generously matched, which means that over $600,000 will now go directly to the field to protect wild cats around the globe!
Watch our #GivingTuesday 'Thank You' Video
Please enjoy our photo of the day of two cuddly lions in Zimbabwe! Thanks to your help, we are thrilled to share that #GivingTuesday was a huge success for Panthera and wild cats! We will post more details on the total amount of #GivingTuesday donations raised very soon! On behalf of everyone at Panthera, we sincerely thank you for thinking of us this holiday season and making a contribution that will go twice as far in conserving wild cats!
Over the years, Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, has participated in several ‘storytelling’ presentations at The Moth – an acclaimed, New York-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Recently, The Moth has made its podcast and radio stories streamable online, including a page dedicated to those stories shared by Dr. Rabinowitz.