Today marks International Tiger Day - a global day to raise awareness about the world’s largest wild cat, and what’s at stake. Unbeknownst to many, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, and their survival is threatened due to rampant poaching for the illegal wildlife market, where their skins and body parts are traded at a high price.
The leopards of India most often make headlines due to conflict with local people, when leopard habitat abuts or overlaps land occupied by local communities, and also when spotlights are shined on other major threats facing the species, including poaching for the illegal wildlife market, on which their beautiful skins and organs fetch high prices, and loss and fragmentation of leopard habitat.
What's better - spots or stripes? Panthera's beautiful photo of the day features both - a cheetah, zebra and wildebeest on the African plains. Thanks to Panthera supporter, photographer and wildlife lover, Adam Rubin, for this and other stunning wildlife pics from Africa that help highlight Panthera's big cat conservation work throughout the continent. Learn more about Panthera's Project Leonardo
The BBC has reported that at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Chinese officials reportedly admitted that trade in tiger skins remains legal in China.
Jakarta, Indonesia - On July 16th, 2014, Panthera, the world's leading wild cat conservation organization, at their annual Tigers Forever meeting, recognized notable successes from numerous partners across tiger range in the fight to save wild tigers.
Each year, Panthera hosts a Tigers Forever program meeting, bringing together existing and potential conservation partners, including some of the world’s leading tiger scientists, law enforcement specialists and policy experts, to assess the state of the fewer than 3,200 wild tigers that remain in the world and identify the conservation activities required to ensure the long term survival of the species.
Earlier this week, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, was interviewed on Defender Radio about new research from Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project and partner scientists which confirms how two key predators - cougars and wolves - interact and share their habitat in northwest Wyoming.
Publisher’s Weekly Reviews Panthera CEO’s New Book - ‘An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar’
This September, Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will publish his latest book on the Americas’ largest wild cat, entitled 'An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar.' Following the jaguar from its origins in the Pleistocene era across Asia, Europe, and into the Americas, the book examines the history, cultural significance, and ecology of the species, and shares riveting anecdotes from Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of jaguar research, including studies that helped establish the world’s first jaguar reserve in Belize.
TakePart Interviews Panthera’s Senior Tiger Program Director on DNA-Based Convictions of Tiger Poachers
A new TakePart article features an interview with Panthera’s Senior Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich, on the DNA-based conviction of three tiger poachers in India’s Maharashtra State. Hailed as the fastest conviction of its kind, and resulting in five year prison terms for each poacher, the DNA-based convictions are notable for India, a country where many wildlife rangers lack the equipment and weapons to protect tigers or even themselves.