A photo of Panthera President, Dr. Luke Hunter, with a 3.5 week old lynx kitten taken this morning in the Swiss Alps! Dr. Hunter visited the den of a female lynx collared by Panthera Cat Advisory Council members, Urs and Christine Breitenmoser, to better understand lynx litter size, survival rates and more to better conserve the species.
Learn more about the Breitenmosers, who chair the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.
Last year, the Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship was launched to support the professional growth of early career wild cat conservationists. Created by Panthera supporter Rami Cobb, the annual Fellowship awards $10,000 to an exceptional young conservationist to undertake a three to six month field-based wild cat conservation internship.
This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day. Support big cats and honor your ‘king of the jungle’ with a Panthera gift, including:
Panthera is excited to share that pre-order sales have begun for the new National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat, by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this gorgeous book will go to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, to help ensure the survival of the species long into the future.
Enjoy our photo of the day of an adorable lion cub in Davison Camp, Zimbabwe, who seems to be thinking "Hmmm…what should I do today?" Can you think of a better caption for this little guy? Send us your captions on Panthera's Facebook page
Learn how Panthera is working across Africa to protect and increase the world’s remaining wild lion populations through Project Leonardo.
Out of all the big cats, the tiger is the most threatened by poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. The trade in their body parts commands a high price, where every piece of a tiger - its skin, bones, claws, teeth and eyeballs - has a price-tag. Even the soil under the carcass of a tiger has value. This market has already wiped out tiger populations throughout much of Asia, and has left others hemorrhaging. Today, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from over 100,000 a century ago.
While the consumer behavior of millions that is supporting this trade must be changed, the tiger is running out of time. We have to protect those that remain in the wild now; we must stop the bleeding. And we need your help.
June 3rd: ‘Ending the War on Wildlife’ Lecture by Panthera Conservation Council Member, Jane Alexander
Focusing on the mass extinction of many of our Earth’s precious species, Jane’s presentation will touch on how people around the world are contributing to this grave issue through climate change, rampant poaching and wildlife trafficking, and other threats, and the solutions that exist to reverse this trend. Read a summary of the lecture here:
The planet's most iconic creatures are being slaughtered for the illegal wildlife trade, a market estimated to be around $20 billion a year.
Poaching networks are highly organized, better outfitted than park guards, and more emboldened than ever to kill and collect their prize. Utilizing helicopters, automatic weapons, chainsaws, and poison, they leave behind rotting carcasses charting their course.
Is this the Earth we envision, with tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos soon to become the ghosts of our past? Is this the footprint, the legacy, we are choosing to leave behind? I believe that for most of us, the answer is an emphatic "no".
Earlier this year, prior to Panthera’s signing of an MOU with the Guyana government, several of our scientists embarked on a ten-day exploratory expedition of Guyana’s Rewa River to assess the state of biodiversity and threats facing this watershed. This is the first post by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, of the Guyana Jungle Journey blog series.