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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.
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.
Visit Panthera Media Director Steve Winter’s website
See more wild cat photos on our Photo page and on Flickr.
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.