The Roar Report

24 Aug

Panthera Press Release: New Study Sheds Light on Threats Facing Leopards in the Congo Basin Rainforest

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A new study led by Panthera Lion Program Survey Coordinator and leopard expert, Dr. Philipp Henschel, in cooperation with the Universities of Oxford, Stirling and Göttingen, has identified a new threat to Africa’s dwindling leopard populations: direct competition with human bushmeat hunters for the same food. Henschel’s study of leopards in the Congo Basin rainforest, published in the September issue of the Journal of Zoology, suggests that bushmeat hunting by people may drive declines in leopard numbers by removing their food base - in ecological jargon, exploitative competition for prey.

23 Aug

Save the Tiger Fund-Panthera Fall 2011 Grant Round Open

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Panthera has just opened the Fall 2011 intake round for the Save the Tiger Fund-Panthera grant program and is encouraging all appropriate candidates to apply now through September 30th.

17 Aug

Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Selected as Finalist for Best Children’s Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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.

12 Aug

CNN Inside Africa Videos: ‘Saving South Africa’s Leopards’

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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.

 

12 Aug

Panthera Conservation Council Member Jane Alexander Named Honorary Chair for 2012 Indianapolis Prize

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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.

08 Aug

Video: A Jaguar Bath

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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.

04 Aug

Fighting 'Fire Season' in Belize

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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.’

29 Jul

Panthera Cougar Expert Dr. Howard Quigley on ‘Animal Altruism’

Cougar in Tree

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

26 Jul

Panthera Featured in New York Times: 'A Forbidding Kingdom of Snow Leopards'

Panthera / Snow Leopard Trust

The New York Times has just released an article entitled A Forbidding Kingdom of Snow Leopards that features Panthera's conservation initiatives (specifically in Mongolia where Panthera works with the Snow Leopard Trust) to protect the snow leopard.     

25 Jul

WCS Takes First Camera Trap Images of Snow Leopards in Afghanistan

Camera trap image of snow leopard 2009

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.