Panthera has just rolled out our April newsletter, featuring the most recent news and updates from our wild cat conservation programs around the globe. Take a look to learn about the Panthera-supported ‘Long Shields’ project, which is employing local men and women - typically raised to hunt lions - to instead serve as protectors of lions and communities of southwestern Zimbabwe. Read a special contribution from Panthera’s Conservation Council member and actress, Glenn Close, on her reflections from a recent trip with Panthera’s team to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – first established with the help of Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, in the early 1980s.
We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the incredible naturalist and novelist, Peter Matthiessen, over the weekend. Matthiessen was known for a rich volume of works, including the groundbreaking book, The Snow Leopard, which recounted his two-month expedition in 1973 with Panthera’s Dr. George Schaller into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep, and possibly glimpse the elusive snow leopard. This book launched the species into common day lexicon, making this never-heard of cat known to the world, even though Matthiessen himself never saw one.
F51, an adult female mountain lion currently tracked by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, meandered towards the eastern edge of her range, her two female offspring bouncing like electrons in orbit around her. Who can say what a mountain lion thinks, but from our perspective, life seemed good for F51.
The family had fed off a series of elk in quick succession, and then successfully dodged the local wolf pack that stole her last kill from them. Her kittens were fat, healthy and growing fast. How quickly things can change.
The latest book by Panthera’s President & wild cat scientist, Dr. Luke Hunter, entitled "Carnivores of the World: A Field Guide," is now available for purchase in Chinese. Available in German, French and English as well, this book serves as the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and wild cats to the tiny least weasel.
Panthera is proud to have been recently featured as a worthy charity and endeavor by the lifestyle review website, What's Worth It. In a recent post, What's Worth It. profiled Panthera’s wild cat conservation work, highlighting why Panthera is different from other organizations, how Panthera helps the future of wild cats around the world and how YOU can get involved in Panthera’s cause.
Read what Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, had to say in an interview with What’s Worth It founder, Suzanne Aaronson:
Panthera is excited to share that the latest book by Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz entitled 'A Boy and a Jaguar' will go on sale May 6th. Featuring beautiful illustrations by Catia Chien, this children's book shares the story of Dr. Rabinowitz's childhood struggle with stuttering, the bond he formed with a jaguar at the Bronx Zoo, his promise to one day use his voice to protect animals and his lifelong work to conserve the jaguars of Latin America and other big cats around the world.
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In a recent presentation on ‘The Secret Lives of Cougar Kittens’ in Jackson Hole, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, explained the fascinating development of cougars from conception to birth, through development and eventually to dispersal. Referencing findings and data gathered from Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project over 13 years, Dr. Elbroch described the progression of life for cougars in northwest Wyoming, including the percentage of cougar kitten survivorship (20%), how often female cougars give birth and why den selection is so critical for kittens’ survival, litter hierarchy and social interactions, threats faced from wolves, bears, hunters, frostbite, and more.
A new article by The Guardian entitled 'India grapples with wildlife-human conflict' examines the history and increase of clashes between local communities in India, including those bordering national parks, and wildlife such as tigers and elephants. Read the article to learn how India’s growing human population that is living in close proximity to wildlife is fueling this conflict, the ongoing debate regarding how to manage human-wildlife conflict, and recent cases of clashes in the region, including a tiger that reportedly killed ten people in India’s northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
On Monday, March 17th, Panthera's Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, will give a special presentation on 'The Secret Lives of Cougar Kittens: Birth to Dispersal' at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Combining ongoing ecological research with Panthera's incredible video footage, Dr. Elbroch will paint a rare portrait of wild cougar kittens in the Jackson area.
Join us at 7pm for Dr. Elbroch’s presentation, and come early for other presentations and a pot luck, hosted by Jackson Hole Nature Mapping, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, and the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund, starting at 5:30pm.
Learn more about the event.
It was dark, and cold. Under cover of night, F61, an adult female mountain lion currently followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, padded softly back to her kill. Drew Rush, on assignment for National Geographic’s article “Ghost Cats” had visited while she was away, and set up a motion-triggered camera to photograph her upon her return.
After a quick examination of the camera, F61 inspected her kill. It was an elk, and she had carefully covered it in snow to minimize its chances of detection from competitors.