Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Selected as Finalist for Best Children’s Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about our ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has just been selected as a finalist (one of three films) in the Best Children’s Program category at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The Festival is internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the nature genre, and this year a record 510 films from over 30 countries were submitted for 22 category awards.
CNN Inside Africa has just released two videos online from its program, ‘Saving South Africa’s Leopards,’ which features Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project based in South Africa’s Phinda Game Reserve. Watch the videos and follow Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson as he tracks and re-collars a large, male leopard as part of the Munyawana Project. Also learn about the threats leopards are facing today, what Panthera’s innovative research revealed about the persecution of leopards in and around Phinda, and how Panthera’s efforts directly led to a rebound of the region’s leopard population.
Panthera Conservation Council Member Jane Alexander Named Honorary Chair for 2012 Indianapolis Prize
The Indianapolis Prize recently announced its honorary chairs for 2012, which includes actress Jane Alexander who also serves as a member of Panthera’s Conservation Council - an expert advisory board that contributes to the direction of Panthera and the implementation of Panthera’s mission.
This short video clip shows a beautiful jaguar grooming himself on a riverbank in the Pantanal – a region in western Brazil, on the border with Bolivia and Paraguay, that is home to the world’s largest wetland and the highest density of jaguars. The video was taken during the filming of My Pantanal – a short Panthera film told through the eyes of a 10 year old boy, Aerenilso, who lives on a conservation ranch in the Pantanal. With as many as 2,500 ‘fazendas’, or ranches, the Pantanal is home to nearly eight million cattle, and is therefore also a hotbed for conflict between local ranchers and jaguars.
Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative spans 13 of the 18 jaguar range states in Latin America. One of these being Belize - home of the Central Belize Corridor that serves as the critical link between jaguar populations in Mexico and Guatemala, and all jaguar populations south of Belize. Situated on the Caribbean Sea, Belize experiences a rainy or ‘green’ season
, from June to November, and a ‘dry’ season from November to May, which locals have fittingly called the ‘fire season.’
Yesterday, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported on what many are calling a prime example of ‘animal altruism’ – the swapping of a grizzly bear cub by two grizzly mothers (identified with the numbers ‘610’ and ‘399’) in Grand Teton National Park. Last week, biologists were surprised to discover that a grizzly bear (’610’) with two cubs of her own had adopted one of three of her mother’s cubs (‘399’). While scientists continue to propose theories about why this swap occurred, including a potentially dangerous run-in between grizzly bear ‘399’ and a local male grizzly bear, Panthera’s Executive Director of the Jaguar Program and cougar expert, Dr
Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have captured the first camera trap images of snow leopards in the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, as reported by the Environment News Service. These images serve as a sign of hope for the endangered snow leopard in Afghanistan and throughout Asia, where they are currently estimated to number between 3,500-7,000.
Read a compelling article by Panthera’s President Dr. Luke Hunter on ‘How to Save the Tiger,’ currently featured on Mongabay.com, to learn about how and why the tiger is vanishing across Asia, and what must be done, and what Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund are doing to save one of the world’s most iconic species from extinction (tiger numbers are estimated at fewer than 3,200 individuals). Learn why we are losing the tiger due to poaching for the illegal wildlife market and read what Dr. Hunter says is the only solution to locking up core, breeding tiger populations.
Panthera’s July 2011 newsletter has just been released! Read about Panthera’s newest partnership with Save the Tiger Fund and Panthera Board Member J. Michael Cline’s contributions to tiger conservation, including his successful efforts to develop an enhanced camera trap model as featured in The Wall Street Journal. Also be sure to check out our stories on snow leopard cub research in Mongolia (which includes videos and photos of wild snow leopard cubs!), Panthera CEO Dr.