Press Release: Curious Cats Take Off with Panthera's Camera Traps, Provide Insights into Conservation
Curious by nature, big cats have a habit of exploring and investigating their surroundings, especially when it comes to objects like Panthera’s camera traps. Utilized on the Mongolian steppe to the dense forests of Gabon, Panthera’s camera traps produce flashes of light and can make curious clicking noises when big cats and other wildlife pass through the camera traps’ infrared sensors. Sometimes, these wild and often secretive animals stop to take a closer look, often sniffing, pawing or warily eyeing the technology - all of which is caught on camera!
A 5 month old cougar cub resting in a tree near Jackson, Wyoming. Panthera partners with Craighead Beringia South (CBS) to conduct research on cougars to understand their movements, population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, and their interaction with other large predators. Learn more about Panthera's partnership with CBS and how we're carrying out the Teton Cougar Project.
Learn more about Panthera's Teton Cougar Project.
Taken by Panthera’s partner photographer, Christian, Sperka, our photo of the day features two African cheetahs sitting side by side. Cheetahs are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in North Africa & ‘Critically Endangered’ in Asia where the last population of 70-110 Asiatic cheetahs live on the Iranian plateau. Today, cheetahs are threatened by loss of habitat, lack of wild prey, and direct hunting by ranchers who view them as a threat to their livestock. Learn how Panthera is working with our regional partners to conserve the Asiatic cheetah @ http://bit.ly/fmwk4J
Learn more about Panthera's Iranian Cheetah Project.
Last week, a New York Times Green blog post discussed 'A Jail Term for Jaguar Smugglers' who were arrested for selling four jaguar skins to undercover U.S. Fish & Wildlife agents in Texas and Florida, and recently sentenced to one year and one day in prison. At the time of their arrest, the smugglers had also offered 10 more jaguar skins to the undercover agents.
Last summer, a wildlife patrol team arrested two tiger poachers in Thailand’s Western Forest Province using evidence that included photos from the poachers’ cell phone showing the men standing over a dead tiger (which was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Society), along with images showing them trafficking elephant ivory. After a lengthy trial, Thai officials recently sentenced the two men to five and four years in prison – the most severe punishments ever given for wildlife poaching in Thailand. As this case comes to a close, Panthera congratulates Thai officials for sending a clear warning to all current and would-be wildlife poachers that this illegal and cruel activity will not be tolerated.
Our pic of the day shows a curious snow leopard ‘eyeing’ a camera trap set by Panthera & Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains to learn more about the conservation status & activities of snow leopards & their prey. See a video of this snow leopard @ http://bit.ly/zkFgJA.
Learn more about Panthera’s Snow Leopard Conservation Program
Panthera's President & leopard expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, took this pic of a precious leopard cub in South Africa's Phinda Private Game Reserve, where he also established Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project. Read Panthera's just-released Leopard Report Card to learn about the state of leopards today & what Panthera is doing to protect them through the Munyawana Project @ http://bit.ly/wREmAc
Learn more about Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project.
Panthera recently partnered with Jeep Apparel to raise funding and awareness about the state of South Africa’s leopards through exclusive leopard t-shirts! Jeep Apparel has created Men’s and Ladies t-shirts, featured below, with beautiful images of leopards, a ‘Save Our Leopards’ message and Panthera’s logo. Now through July 31st, these t-shirts are available for purchase at select Jeep stockists in South Africa, and 10 rand from the sale of each t-shirt will be donated to Panthera to support our leopard conservation initiatives.
Last April, Panthera reported on field surveys carried out in 2009 by Panthera, WCS Nigeria and the Nigerian National Park Service, which revealed that Nigeria was then home to fewer than just 50 individual lions. Approximately 15-20 lions were estimated to live within Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve, while the remaining 30-35 lions were found to reside in Kainji Lake National Park in western Nigeria. These fragile populations represented two of only four known lion populations that remained in West Africa.
Our photo of the day features the first jaguar ever photographed with a Panthera camera trap in Nicaragua! This image, and one additional jaguar photo, were captured with one of eight camera traps set up in late 2011 in Nicaragua's Wawashan Nature Reserve. Read the full story, find out what Panthera's field staff are doing in country & learn about the state of jaguars in Nicaragua @ http://bit.ly/xJip3C.