The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
From the top of the world to the bottom of the ocean, National Geographic photographers have long been taking readers of the storied magazine to little-known, little-covered and little-understood corners of the earth. In celebration of the magazine’s 125th anniversary issue this October, the National Geographic Channel will present an inside look at how many of the magazine’s most iconic images came to fruition with National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in the World, premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of the weekly Night of Exploration programming block, and simulcast on Nat Geo WILD. The one-hour special celebrates the intrepid men and women who often stare down death with one goal in mind: getting the shot.
Panthera is delighted to share that our Chairman and Founder, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan has been featured in the October 28th issue of Forbes Life. In the article, Dr. Kaplan explains why and how he created Panthera, and, that his personal mission now is to bring others into the fold - “My role is to create something that gathers momentum and is really welcoming to people who share this passion”
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The article ends with Dr. Kaplan’s wish that his two wildlife charities, Panthera and The Orianne Society, are sustainable in the long term, and like the animals we work to protect, live long into the future.
LA Times Publishes Incredible Cougar Photo Above Hollywood Hills Taken by Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times front page featured a large and surreal photo taken by Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, of a cougar patrolling the mountains and canyons of California’s Griffith Park, with the Hollywood Hills in the background. This incredible photo, snapped with a remote camera trap, was accompanied by an article entitled ‘Scientists Track Cougar’s Wild Nightlife Above Hollywood,’ highlighting how this cougar, known as P-22, is providing scientists with insights into the life, behavior, movements and eating habits of the ‘American lion.’
Want to help protect the Americas' largest big cat in style? For a limited time, Panthera is selling two beautiful jaguar paw pendant necklaces on our online store. These necklaces are made in both gold & silver by artist Nathalie Regnier. Click here to order your necklace now and Panthera will receive 40% from sales, thanks to the artist’s generous contribution.
The gold jaguar paw necklace is made in 925 sterling silver and plated in 18k gold. The jaguar paw pendant hangs on a 16 inch chain made of 925 sterling silver that is also plated in 18k gold. The silver jaguar paw necklaces is made in 925 sterling silver, and plated in sterling silver. The jaguar paw pendant hangs on a 16 inch chain.
New York, NY – Panthera, the leading wild cat conservation organization, has launched a new
initiative to protect lions in Kafue National Park (KNP) with support from PUMA, the renowned sports company, and premier African ecotourism operator, Wilderness Safaris.
Check out the Wildlife Research & Conservation site's profile of Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project to learn about the jaguar conservation work carried out by Panthera's scientists in the world's largest wetland, which is also home to the world¹s highest density of jaguars. Learn about the ecological research conducted by Panthera's Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, on jaguars in the Pantanal in the 1970s.
Learn more about Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project.
Read Mongabay's new article, 'Protecting predators in the wildest landscape you've never heard of,' to learn about the wild cat conservation work of Ruaha Carnivore Project Director, Dr. Amy Dickman, in Tanzania's Ruaha landscape with the local tribal Barabaig community, and with support from Panthera. Also check out the interview with Amy to learn about her background, what makes the Ruaha landscape so spectacular, what draws her to big cats, in particular, and more.
Learn more about the project @ http://ruahacarnivoreproject.com/.
Last week, we posted a sweet photo of a female leopard carrying her tiny cub in South Africa's Welgevonden Game Reserve, taken as part of Panthera's leopard conservation and monitoring work in Limpopo province. Here, we are sharing a camera trap photo of the OTHER side of this couple. Learn more about Panthera’s leopard conservation work @ http://bit.ly/flEZT1 and make a donation to support the future of the leopard @ http://bit.ly/MmCOWU.
On Sunday, September 29th, Al Jazeera America’s TechKnow program will air a new segment on the elusive jaguar, hosted by Phil Torres, including Panthera’s footage of wild jaguars in Latin America. Learn about the Americas’ largest big cat, including how Panthera’s scientists and other field biologists use camera traps and other research tools to monitor jaguar populations throughout Central and South America and learn how to better protect the species across its range.