Panthera’s January newsletter has just been released and is filled with an array of exciting conservation stories. Watch a video of a snow leopard stealing a camera trap in Tajikistan (just featured on CNN and Daily Mail) where Panthera is partnering with Fauna and Flora International to carry out a camera trap survey and learn more about the conservation status and activities of snow leopards and their prey in this region.
It’s no secret that big cats, just like their distant cousin, the domestic house cat, are characteristically curious, particularly when it comes to Panthera’s camera traps. Wild cats and other wildlife are naturally intrigued (and sometimes even spooked) when they pass through camera traps’ infrared sensors and trigger flashes of light, or spot the glowing, red light emitted by some of Panthera’s camera trap models. Most of the time, these cats react by taking a closer, quizzical look at the camera traps, and sometimes they sniff, paw and even ‘mark’ or spray Panthera’s camera traps to identify their territories.
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Panthera’s Lion Program Director Featured in Africa Geographic Article on Africa’s Close-Encounter Wildlife Programs
A recent Africa Geographic Magazine article entitled ‘Think Before you Walk’ discusses whether the large number of captive-breeding, interactive & close-encounter wildlife programs throughout Africa actually contribute to the conservation of the animals they exploit, as many of the operations currently claim. Read the article for more information and to see what Panthera's Lion Program Director, Dr. Guy Balme, has to say about these captive-breeding and close-encounter programs. Be sure to check out the following quote from Dr. Balme, pulled from the Africa Geographic article:
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Discusses How to Successfully Save Big Cats on TreeHugger Radio
Listen to a TreeHugger Radio interview with Panthera’s CEO and big cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, to learn about the state of big cats and the increasing threats they face through direct hunting, loss of their prey due to overhunting by humans and the destruction and fragmentation of their natural habitats.