In addition to monitoring the activities of lions and serving as community spokesmen to discourage the hunting of lions, local Maasai warriors working through the Lion Guardians program are also tasked with mitigating human-lion conflict. The Lion Guardians frequently work with local communities to inform herders of areas occupied by lions, train ranchers how to properly protect and corral their livestock, and assist in tracking down lost livestock. Yesterday, for example, a local livestock owner reported to the Lion Guardians that one of his favorite, and heavily pregnant, cows had been lost in the bush. The Lion Guardians immediately set out to locate the cow, spending the next several hours trudging through dense vegetation.
Have you seen our Curious Cats photo gallery? It features precious photos like this pic of two lion cubs in Kenya, taken by Panthera’s partner photographer Philip J. Briggs! Click here to see more entertaining photos and videos of big cats and other wildlife inspecting, playing with and assailing Panthera's camera traps. Be sure to download the free Curious Cats screensaver!
Wednesday, March 21, 9am: Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, to Discuss Plight of Tigers on Steve Scher Radio Show
On March 21st, Panthera’s CEO and renowned tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will be interviewed on the Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show in Seattle, Washington. Tune in to 94.9 KUOW or listen live online at http://kuow.org/listen/ to hear Dr. 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.
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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