We are thrilled to announce that longtime Panthera supporter, Ramune Cobb, has recently established the Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship under the auspices of Panthera. The new Fellowship honors the memory of a dearly loved domestic cat, Winston Cobb, to highlight the imperilment of his wild relatives and foster the professional growth of early career wild cat conservationists. The annual Fellowship entails an award of $10,000 to an exceptional early career conservationist who will undertake a three to six month field-based wild cat conservation internship with Panthera.
Panthera Video: A Rhino Chases a Jeep Carrying Panthera’s Media Director in India’s Kaziranga National Park
In 2010, while photographing the front lines of tiger conservation in Kaziranga National Park in Northeast India, Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, and his crew had a very close encounter with a territorial rhinoceros, which was luckily caught on video. Watch an exciting clip of this rhino chasing the jeep carrying Steve and his crew as they sped away.
This photo reveals the beautiful landscape of Mongolia’s Tost Mountains, where Panthera and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) are carrying out the first-ever long term ecological study of the snow leopard – Asia’s Mountain Ghost. The study was initiated in the summer of 2008 with the establishment of a permanent research center in Mongolia’s South Gobi province. The South Gobi presents an ideal opportunity for investigating not only the ecology of the snow leopard in good habitat, but also allows the first examination of the snow leopard’s landscape ecology in marginal areas, areas in which the snow leopard is increasingly forced to travel, and to survive. Since the project was launched, Panthera and SLT have collared 15 snow leopards in Mongolia.
Valentine's Day is just one week away! Give your loved ones a gift that will help save wild cats around the world. Adopt a cat in honor of a loved one and get a minimum of one photo of your adopted wild cat species each quarter, an update on the wild cat tracked by Panthera’s scientists or an update on the activities undertaken in the area where your cat is from each quarter and more!
You can also support big cats and let your loved ones know you care about them by sending one of Panthera’s beautiful wild cat Valentine’s Day e-cards!
Today’s photo of the day features a territorial rhino in India’s Kaziranga National Park. Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, was photographing the wildlife and people of this region when this angry rhino began chasing his group’s jeep.
Read the National Geographic article, India’s Grassland Kingdom, to see photos from Kaziranga and read about the frontlines of tiger conservation.
Our photo of the day shows a leaping lioness and her small cub propped up on her back, looking for a little attention. This photo was taken by Panthera’s partner photographer, Nick Garbutt, in the Serengeti. Through Project Leonardo, Panthera is working throughout Africa to protect lions like these from the three main threats they face today, including persecution by herders and farmers, habitat fragmentation and loss, and the loss of their prey due to overhunting by humans. Visit Panthera’s Project Leonardo page to learn more about our lion conservation work in Africa.
Now through April 7th, a group of 25 professional artists have volunteered to donate a percentage of sales of their artwork to support Panthera's tiger conservation initiatives. Organized by Panthera supporter and artist, Regina Case, this auction is being held online through the newly released website "Art Helps the Planet" @ http://bit.ly/yaPOiX. The paintings posted online will also be on display at the C Street Hall Gallery in Eureka, California beginning in early April. Auction bids can be made now online or in person at the C Street Hall Gallery in April.
Panthera congratulates Cat Advisory Council member and long-time Panthera partner, Dr. Ullas Karanth, on receiving one of India's most prestigious civilian honors, the 2012 Padma Shri Award, for his outstanding contribution to Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Protection. Now considered to be one of the world's most preeminent tiger experts, Dr. Karanth serves as the India Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Leopards are the most versatile of big cats and occupy all habitats from the Congo rainforest to true deserts. However, even with their remarkable adaptability, leopards have vanished from almost 40% of their historic range in Africa, and from over 50% of their historic range in Asia.
Panthera is carrying out the Munyawana Leopard Project in South Africa to combat the decline of leopards in this region. Visit Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project page to learn about the threats leopards face today and what Panthera’s wild cat scientists are doing to ensure a future for the leopard.