I'm writing to you today from Corbett National Park in India, one of the most well known tiger reserves in the world. Many of the world's leading tiger experts, including my colleagues from Panthera and I, are here at our 5th Annual Tigers Forever meeting - to assess our progress towards achieving tiger and prey increases in key landscapes across the tiger's range.
National Geographic has just published an insightful letter written by Panthera Vice President Dr. George Schaller on ‘Politics and Big Cats.’ Read this message to hear what ‘the founding father of wildlife conservation’ has to say about the encouraging developments in conservation science that he has seen over the years and the distressing decline in wild cat and other wildlife numbers that he has witnessed over the past half century. Learn what Dr. Schaller has to say about the new approach that is needed to save the world’s wild cats.
National Geographic has just released a new article, A Cry for the Tiger, featuring interviews with Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Panthera Founder Dr. Thomas Kaplan, along with breathtaking photographs of wild tigers taken by Panthera Media Director Steve Winter. Read the article now to learn about why we are losing the tiger and and highlights the effective conservation strategies being implemented today through Panthera's Tigers Forever program to save the Endangered tiger.
Panthera President and big cat expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, was recently interviewed on WVXU Radio's Cincinnati Edition (US) by Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Hear what Dr. Hunter has to say about the future of big cats and the aggressive methods the conservation community and the world must use to save these species.
Due to changes in scheduling, the CNN segment featuring Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project in South Africa will air this week, rather than last. The program will focus on Panthera's 'faux leopard fur' project, lead by Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson, which is alleviating one of the most pressing threats to leopards in the region.
Our November newsletter has just been released and is jam-packed with exciting updates on Panthera’s wild cat conservation initiatives. Learn about a new study co-authored by Panthera Tiger Program Director, Dr. Joe Smith, which gives new hope for the Endangered Sumatran tiger. Read what Panthera President, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, had to say in their interviews for the cover story of Natural History Magazine's October edition, Leopards in the Twilight Zone.
Most news we hear about tigers is in regards to their precipitous decline. So you can imagine our delight when this image was shared with us, from photographer and wildlife enthusiast Nidhi Saraf who captured a rare, and frankly, magical event. Nidhi snapped this photo – of a tigress and her 5 cubs (yes 5!!) - on an early morning in Pench Tiger Reserve in India.
While most news about tigers is on their dramatic decline (down to fewer than 3,200 in the wild) and increasing threats to their long-term survival, a new study, published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, and which Panthera’s Tiger Program Director Dr. Joseph Smith is a co-author, provides a glimmer of hope for Indonesia’s last subspecies, the Sumatran
One of the critical (but not so glamorous) research activities required of Panthera’s scientists involves the collection of wild cat scat, or poo. Panthera’s field staff frequently set out on foot to track down scat, which is then sent to the laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where it is analyzed to reveal genetic data about individuals (their range, abundance, diet, and genetic diversity).