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.
Panthera’s picture of the day shows a family of capybara, including a mother and her nursing babies. Capybaras like these share their homes with the jaguar, such as those living in the Brazilian Pantanal. Panthera’s scientists are working through the Pantanal Jaguar Project to protect the habitat of jaguars, capybaras, and other animal and plant species with which they share their homes.
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One of the world’s least-known and most endangered wild cats, the bay cat, has been photographed by Panthera grantees Jedediah Brodie (Universiti Malaysia Sabah/ University of British Columbia) and Anthony Giordano (S.P.E.C.I.E.S/Texas Tech University). Their photograph is the first record of this very elusive cat in the Borneo highlands, at 1460 meters (approximately 4,800 feet). The records add to our very limited knowledge of the species, which was photographed alive for the first time only in 1998 and where most previous records are from dense lowland forest under 800 meters (approximately 2,600 feet).
Panthera congratulates Conservation Council member, Glenn Close, on her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the film Albert Nobbs, in which she portrays a 19th-century Irish woman passing as a man in order to work and survive. As a founding member of Panthera's Conservation Council, Ms. Close provides actionable advice and guidance on fundamental topics relevant to the growth, development and success of Panthera. In recent years, Ms. Close has passionately supported the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act and dedicated her time to increasing Panthera's influence on public policy and access to decision makers around the world.
Panthera’s January newsletter has just been released and is filled with an array of exciting conservation stories. Watch a video of a snow leopard stealing a camera trap in Tajikistan (just featured on CNN and Daily Mail) where Panthera is partnering with Fauna and Flora International to carry out a camera trap survey and learn more about the conservation status and activities of snow leopards and their prey in this region.