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.
A group of poachers were recently apprehended by Thai officials because of evidence they abandoned after being discovered, and surprised, by a wildlife patrol team in Thailand’s Western Forest Province. (Huai Kha Khaeng in the Western Forest Complex was one of Panthera's founding Tigers Forever sites, and has been one of the most successful in conserving tigers.) Among other items, the poachers left behind a cell phone containing photos of themselves with a dead tiger, and photos of them trafficking ivory. These images have subsequently been used in their prosecution.
One of Panthera’s ultimate fans, Jeremy Aylmer, has just embarked on an ambulance & tea odyssey from London to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan in a TEAmbulance, and is working to raise £2,000 to support Panthera’s wild cat conservation programs along the way! Jeremy and the TEAmbulance team will drive across Europe and along the ancient Silk Road, crossing multiple borders, scorching deserts and majestic mountains, all the while making friends and sharing cups of tea in typical English fashion with those they meet on the journey. After reaching their destination, the TEAmbulance team will donate their much-needed ambulance to a local hospital in Tajikistan.
Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund (STF) are joining forces to further the global fight to save tigers in the wild. This new partnership between two of the most influential and successful tiger conservation groups will double the resources available for strategic tiger conservation efforts, with a focus on addressing key threats to wild tigers and scientifically measuring conservation success.
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Read an interesting interview by The Responsibility Project with wild cat expert and Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to learn how Dr. Rabinowitz’s thoughts about conservation have evolved since the start of his career, what he believes is the new conservation paradigm and how Panthera is working to implement it, why he feels a responsibility to protect the earth’s wildlife, and much more.
Read more about Dr. Rabinowitz.
Panthera Vice President Dr. George Schaller has spent over 50 years working to protect some of the world’s most threatened species, including the African lion. One of Dr. Schaller’s earliest studies conducted in the late 1960s in Serengeti National Park focused on the ecology and behavior of lions, including its social system, population dynamics, hunting behavior, predation patterns, and how the lion and other predators impact the Serengeti’s ecosystems. We have compiled an exclusive collection of Dr. Schaller’s photos of the wildlife of the Serengeti found here.
Using a series of camera trap photos taken one after the other, Panthera’s snow leopard program staff created this video of a wild snow leopard on the Tibetan Plateau in China’s Qinghai Province. The video shows a snow leopard sniffing an overhanging boulder, which is a common target for where snow leopards leave their scent. Additional photos captured with the same camera trap show a number of other snow leopards spraying and sniffing the same rock.