Our photo of the day shows a snow leopard scratching its body against a rock (a classic scent marking behavior) in Ladakh, India. Learn how Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, captured this image and more in National Geographic's "Searching for the Snow Leopard" video.
Our photo of the day shows two cuddly Asiatic lion cubs sitting in India's Gir Forest, the last refuge of the world's remaining 300-400 Asiatic lions. Read a BBC Wildlife Magazine article by Panthera's President and lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, to learn about the Asiatic lion, the differences between Asiatic and African lions and much more!
April 17: ‘The Future of Big Cats’ Lecture by Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, at the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference
Panthera’s CEO and wild cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will lead a session on ‘The Future of Big Cats’ at the 2012 Fortune Brainstorm GREEN conference today at 4:40pm PT/7:40pm ET in Laguna Niguel, California. This conference, which runs April 16th-18th, is known as the premier green business event of the year, carried out by Fortune in partnership with Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, NRDC, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
National Geographic: Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Explains the Science of a “Strawberry” Leopard
National Geographic recently featured an interesting photograph of a “strawberry” leopard shown walking in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, and asked Panthera’s President and leopard expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, to weigh in on the science behind this leopard’s rare coloring. Read what Dr. Hunter had to say about this leopard’s erythrism - a little-understood genetic condition that's thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments – which is the first color variation of its kind that Dr. Hunter has ever seen in a wild leopard.
Our pic of the day features a “strawberry” leopard walking in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. National Geographic posted this photo on their website after interviewing Panthera’s President and leopard expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, about this rare leopard. Read the article to learn what Dr. Hunter had to say about this leopard’s erythrism - a little-understood genetic condition that's thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments.
Costa Rica, ‘the Rich Coast,’ is often rightly associated as a highly desired vacation hub, distinguished by its beautiful beaches, ecotourism operations and tropical jungles that are home to thousands of animal and plant species, including multiple healthy populations of the Americas’ largest cat – the jaguar.
Our photo of the day features a leopard in Tanzania's Ruaha National Park where today, Dr. Amy Dickman directs the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP). Supported by Panthera and other partners, this project aims to design effective conservation strategies for large carnivores, including leopards and lions, by working with local communities and Tanzanian authorities.
Learn about Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project.
Read our April newsletter to learn about the first camera trap photos of a tiger just taken in a remote Northeast Indian Reserve, the historic commitment made by the Honduran government in partnership with Panthera to protect jaguars, and a study on the snow leopard's diet that is helping Panthera's scientists better conserve 'Asia's Mountain Ghost.' Learn about the significance of the first jaguar camera trap photo from Costa Rica’s Barbilla Corridor, the recent rescue of a cow and her newborn calf by Kenyan Maasai warriors known as ‘Lion Guardians,’ and watch a video of two snow leopard cubs upending a camera trap in Pakistan. Be sure to listen to an interview with Panthera’s CEO, Dr.
While snow leopards are extremely rare and are seldom seen in the wild (only 3,500-7,000 exist), local people who share their home with this big cat consider it to be one of the major threats to their livelihoods, by killing and feeding off livestock, including cattle, goats, and other domesticated animals. One of the biggest threats to snow leopards is retaliatory killing by people who have lost livestock. And often times, their fears may be real. A survey conducted in four regions of Mongolia revealed that 14% of livestock owners admitted to hunting snow leopards as retribution for loss of their livestock [*1]. A separate study found that 38% of the total livestock losses in Ladakh, India could be attributed to snow leopards [*2].