One of the critical (but not so glamorous) research activities required of Panthera’s scientists involves the collection of wild cat scat, or poo. Panthera’s field staff frequently set out on foot to track down scat, which is then sent to the laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where it is analyzed to reveal genetic data about individuals (their range, abundance, diet, and genetic diversity).
Panthera CEO and big cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will join a renowned group of storytellers to participate in The Moth's Town Hall event - Raise the Roof - tonight at 7:30pm. Dr. Rabinowitz will share stories from his incredible encounters with the Taron people - an isolated community on the verge of self-imposed extinction - while working to create the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley.
A video of the lecture given on jaguars by Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Coordinator for our Northern South America Program, Dr. Esteban Payán Garrido, at the 2011 TEDx conference in Panama City, Panama has just been released. During his lecture, entitled “Un jaguar por tu vida” or “A Jaguar for Your Life,” Dr.
Science Magazine has just published a letter to the editor written by Panthera's Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Dr. Joseph Smith in response to a letter published in August (Science Magazine, 12 August 2011, pg. 822) entitled “Restoring Tigers to the Caspian region.” Read what Panthera’s tiger experts had to say about the tiger conservation methods suggested in last month’s magazine edition, and what they have found to be the most successful strategies to save wild tigers.
Yale Environment 360 recently posted an article entitled "The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology," which explores the “global decapitation” of the earth’s ecosystems when apex predators, like big cats, are extirpated from their habitats.
The development of Colombia’s ‘llanos’ and Panthera’s jaguar conservation work in Colombia were recently mentioned in The New York Times' Dot Earth blog “postcard,” written by Mongabay.com founder, Rhett Butler, whose website tracks issues impacting conservation of forests and the world’s biodiversity.
Oct 24: Panthera Media Director, Steve Winter, to Lecture on the Art of Photography at NYC’s Apple Store
Join us tonight, October 24th, for a special lecture on the art of photography by Panthera Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. The lecture will be held at 8pm at the Apple store on New York City’s Upper West Side. During the presentation, Steve will share stories from his career as a wildlife photographer and discuss the art of photographing wildlife, including big cats, and how his work benefits the conservation of these magnificent animals through Panthera’s global conservation projects.
Learn more about Steve Winter.
Panthera Kaplan Scholar, Laila Bahaa-el-din, was recently interviewed by Mongabay for their ‘Interviews with Young Scientists’ series. The interview, entitled ‘Illuminating Africa’s Most Obscure Cat,’ touches on Laila’s research of the African golden cat in Gabon, through which she is working to gain a better understanding of how African golden cats are affected by different levels of human activity, such as logging and hunting, which are prevalent across forested Africa.
Panthera’s Leopard Conservation Work Featured in South African Newspapers - ‘The Mercury’ and ‘BusinessDay’
A South African newspaper, The Mercury, has just released an article on the work of Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, to create a faux leopard skin that he will soon present to members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations.