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].
Press Release: Study Reveals First Ever Camera Trap Photos of a Tiger in Remote Northeast Indian Reserve
New York, NY – New data from a camera trap survey have revealed the first ever photos of a tiger (left), and images of more than 30 other mammal species from India’s Namdapha Tiger Reserve. While Namdapha is located on the remote and wild border with Myanmar, it has been impacted over the years by poaching for the illegal wildlife market and has even been declared an ‘empty forest,’ making these recent findings all the more surprising.
The New York Times Green Blog Interview with Panthera’s CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz on Research Cuts at Indian Tiger Reserves
A recent New York Times Green blog post reported on a decision by the chief wildlife warden of India's Karnataka state that denies new research permits and the extension of current research permits in five tiger reserves.
Read a thorough review of Panthera’s award winning film, My Pantanal, recently posted on the U.S.-based Izilwane blog. This film, written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President Andrea Heydlauff, tells the story of a boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a conservation ranch in the Brazilian Pantanal, shares what life is like in this incredible landscape and how ranchers and jaguars are co-existing with the help of Panthera’s jaguar scientists.
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Delivers a Powerful Message about Saving the Tiger at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo
During his keynote speech at the Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Thrive fundraiser in Seattle, Washington last week, Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, shared inspiring stories from a lifetime of work dedicated to saving the world’s wild cats and their habitats, and stressed that the time is now to save the world’s largest, most iconic and most endangered big cat – the tiger. At the close of this speech, Dr. Rabinowitz received a standing ovation from the more than 700 fundraiser attendees.
Read a blog post about Dr. Rabinowitz’s moving speech by Seattle City Council Member, Jean Godden:
March 23-April 5, Cambridge: Exhibition of Illustrations by Priscilla Barrett Included in Carnivores of the World
An exhibition of beautiful, detailed paintings depicting the world’s 245 carnivore species by wildlife artist, Priscilla Barrett ,will be on display at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge from Friday, March 23, until Thursday, April 5.
Ranging from the largest terrestrial carnivore, the polar bear, to the tiny least weasel that can squeeze through a wedding ring, the true carnivores – order Carnivora – include some of the world’s most charismatic, admired, feared and spectacular creatures. This exhibition features the original paintings produced for the recently published Field Guide to the Carnivores of the World written by Panthera’s President Dr. Luke Hunter.
Just Released: Interview Podcast with Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, on the Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show
Yesterday, Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was interviewed live on the 94.9 KUOW Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show in Seattle, Washington to discuss the state of the world’s wild tigers, why their numbers are declining, what is needed to save them, and how Panthera is doing this through the Tigers Forever program. Listen to the recording of this interview now at http://bit.ly/GOi0Rs (22:30 minute mark). Also learn about other imperiled big cats around the world and how they can co-exist with humans. More info on the program @ http://bit.ly/GDrod7.
Our photo of the day is a camera trap photo of Agnes, a snow leopard monitored through the Panthera/Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) research study in Mongolia's Tost Mountains. The Panthera/SLT project is the first ever long-term comprehensive study of the species through which our scientists are using GPS collars and camera traps to understand more about snow leopards’ home ranges, movements, habitat use, and spatial dynamics in relation to their habitat, prey and anthropogenic factors. Our researchers are also collecting snow leopard scat to learn more about the species’ genetic makeup and diet and assessing livestock and human land use patterns and how they influence snow leopard behavior and numbers.
To learn more about this study, visit http://bit.ly/dLSNfU.
Panthera’s CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Discusses Plight of Tigers on Steve Scher Radio Show – Today at 9:20am PST/12:20pm EST
Tune in to the 94.9 KUOW Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show today at 9:20am PST/12:20pm EST or listen live online at http://kuow.org/listen/ to hear Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, discuss the state of the world’s tigers, which have been reduced to just 3,200 individuals in the wild, the hope that remains for these magnificent and endangered big cats, and the effective conservation strategies being implemented today through Panthera's Tigers Forever program. Listeners can call-in live to the show at 206.543.5869/800.289.5869.