Our November newsletter has just been released and is jam-packed with exciting updates on Panthera’s wild cat conservation initiatives. Learn about a new study co-authored by Panthera Tiger Program Director, Dr. Joe Smith, which gives new hope for the Endangered Sumatran tiger. Read what Panthera President, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, had to say in their interviews for the cover story of Natural History Magazine's October edition, Leopards in the Twilight Zone.
Most news we hear about tigers is in regards to their precipitous decline. So you can imagine our delight when this image was shared with us, from photographer and wildlife enthusiast Nidhi Saraf who captured a rare, and frankly, magical event. Nidhi snapped this photo – of a tigress and her 5 cubs (yes 5!!) - on an early morning in Pench Tiger Reserve in India.
While most news about tigers is on their dramatic decline (down to fewer than 3,200 in the wild) and increasing threats to their long-term survival, a new study, published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, and which Panthera’s Tiger Program Director Dr. Joseph Smith is a co-author, provides a glimmer of hope for Indonesia’s last subspecies, the Sumatran
One of the critical (but not so glamorous) research activities required of Panthera’s scientists involves the collection of wild cat scat, or poo. Panthera’s field staff frequently set out on foot to track down scat, which is then sent to the laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where it is analyzed to reveal genetic data about individuals (their range, abundance, diet, and genetic diversity).
Panthera CEO and big cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will join a renowned group of storytellers to participate in The Moth's Town Hall event - Raise the Roof - tonight at 7:30pm. Dr. Rabinowitz will share stories from his incredible encounters with the Taron people - an isolated community on the verge of self-imposed extinction - while working to create the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley.
A video of the lecture given on jaguars by Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Coordinator for our Northern South America Program, Dr. Esteban Payán Garrido, at the 2011 TEDx conference in Panama City, Panama has just been released. During his lecture, entitled “Un jaguar por tu vida” or “A Jaguar for Your Life,” Dr.
Science Magazine has just published a letter to the editor written by Panthera's Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Dr. Joseph Smith in response to a letter published in August (Science Magazine, 12 August 2011, pg. 822) entitled “Restoring Tigers to the Caspian region.” Read what Panthera’s tiger experts had to say about the tiger conservation methods suggested in last month’s magazine edition, and what they have found to be the most successful strategies to save wild tigers.
Yale Environment 360 recently posted an article entitled "The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology," which explores the “global decapitation” of the earth’s ecosystems when apex predators, like big cats, are extirpated from their habitats.
The development of Colombia’s ‘llanos’ and Panthera’s jaguar conservation work in Colombia were recently mentioned in The New York Times' Dot Earth blog “postcard,” written by Mongabay.com founder, Rhett Butler, whose website tracks issues impacting conservation of forests and the world’s biodiversity.