The mere concept of shooting a big cat in the name of ‘sport’ nauseates me. I have spent my career working to conserve the world’s great cats, and have logged thousands of hours in their magnificent presence. When I watch a male lion grooming his cubs or see a female leopard haul a carcass her own weight up a thorn-tree, I am mystified that some people take pleasure in killing their kind with a high-powered rifle. I’m not especially averse to culling- like all wildlife biologists, my work occasionally necessitates killing animals, such as euthanizing injured wildlife- but it certainly isn’t fun. I simply do not understand what drives a hunter to shoot a creature as magnificent as a lion for a trophy and bragging rights.
The voting portion of Panthera’s ‘Name the Jaguar’ contest ends Tuesday, March 8th. Be sure to vote for your favorite name for the first female jaguar collared by Panthera in the Pantanal. Right now, the name ‘Noca’ has a nice lead over the other three names. ‘Noca’ is a play on the word ‘onca,’ which is the scientific species name for the jaguar – Panthera onca – and also means ‘jaguar’ in Portuguese. Learn what the other three finalist names mean - Iara, Artemis and Amarantha - and cast your vote!
Join us on March 3rd at 7 p.m. for a lecture at the Eastside Audubon by Panthera's Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, on "Snow Leopards: Saving a Treasure of Central Asia's Mountains."
The Panthera-produced film, My Pantanal,has recently been accepted into two prestigious Film Festivals – the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference to be held March 28th-31st in Cape Town, South Africa and the Newport Beach Film Festival to be held from April 28th - May 5th in Newport Beach, California.
The 68th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYI) awarded its Global Vision Award to Steve Winter, Panthera’s Media Director, for a collection of 40 photographs of the wildlife and people that populate the grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Among the captivating images are a tiger staring down the camera amidst the tall grass, curious one-horned Indian rhinos and blindfolded poachers, apprehended for targeting rhinos for their horns and tigers for their body parts, on their way to interrogation at the park’s ranger station.
In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz suffered from a severe stutter as a child and worked through his hardships in a most unusual way. Here is his story in his own words.
Blog Post by Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Featured on CNN's Human Factor Blog.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Panthera’s President and CEO, was interviewed recently by CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the Human Factor program - a series that reports on how people confront & overcome medical adversities. Watch the segment online & read a blog by Dr. Rabinowitz to learn how animals helped him overcome a debilitating stutter & how he now uses Panthera as a voice to protect the world's wild cats.
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, at 1pm for Panthera’s first live web “Cat Chat” to hear Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and Executive VP, Dr. Luke Hunter, discuss the state of the jaguar and what Panthera is doing to conserve the America’s most iconic big cat. Be sure to submit your questions for the “Cat Chat” during the event at www.panthera.org/live.
We are proud to share that over the next six months, the Panthera-produced film, 'My Pantanal,' will be featured on the National Geographic Kids website. Written and directed by Panthera's Managing Director, Andrea Heydlauf, this short film tells the story of a little boy, Aerenilso, who lives on a cattle ranch in the Brazilian Pantanal - the world's largest wetland. While jaguars in the Pantanal have typically been hunted by ranchers protecting their cattle, Aerenilso shows what it is like to live on a conservation ranch where Panthera's scientists are working with the Pantaneiros to show that ranching and jaguars can share this incredible landscape.
Our February newsletter has just been released, featuring stories of Panthera's involvement in a wildlife trafficking case in Gabon, the latest study confirming the status of the Asiatic cheetah, the 2011 Kaplan-Rabinowitz Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation awardee, Panthera's 'Name the Jaguar' contest, and more.