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.
The innovative leopard conservation work of Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, to create a faux leopard skin is featured in today’s BusinessDay newspaper. This newspaper is based in South Africa where Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project is also headquartered. Read the article to learn how leopard skins are in increasing demand among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations.
In March, Panthera’s snow leopard scientists placed 20 camera traps throughout Mongolia’s rugged Tost Mountains in hopes of capturing new data that would inform Panthera’s snow leopard conservation initiatives. Today, we are excited to share a number of our ‘best of’ Spring camera trap photos.
Although the snow leopard has been given the nickname of ‘Asia’s Mountain Ghost,’ Panthera’s scientists captured many images of not-so-shy snow leopards demonstrating their characteristic cat curiosity by examining the camera traps with their eyes, noses, and tongues.
Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.
We have just released our October newsletter, which features exciting updates from the field and details about the media coverage Panthera’s wild cat conservation programs have recently received. Learn how Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative made the cover story for The Smithsonian Magazine this month, and read how the discovery of the first known videos of an African golden cat taken by a Panthera scholar in Gabon received widespread coverage from Reuters, CNN, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, and many other media outlets.
Today, we bring you a blog post written by Panthera grantee and wildlife scientist Dr. Evi Paemelaere, who is currently carrying out a project to learn more about the presence and distribution of jaguars in the Rupununi region of Guyana. Read the post to learn about Evi’s excursions into the field to set up camera traps and see photos of the incredible wildlife captured on film, including Evi’s first camera trap photo of a healthy and very well-fed jaguar and ocelots, black curassows, tapirs, capybaras, agoutis, coatis, bats, and other animals whose names you may or may not recognize.
Live Stream of TEDx Presentation by Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Coordinator, Dr. Esteban Payán Garrido
Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Coordinator for our Northern South America Program, Dr. Esteban Payán Garrido, will present at the TEDx conference in Panama City, Panama today after 3pm. Dr. Payán’s lecture, entitled “Un jaguar por tu vida” or “A Jaguar for Your Life,” will be streamed live on the TEDx website and focus on the concept of Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative. Dr. Payán will specifically discuss the program’s aim to link core jaguar populations within human landscapes from northern Argentina to Mexico, preserving the genetic integrity of jaguars can live in the wild forever.
Read Panthera’s newly released ‘State of the Cougar’ Report Card to learn about the current status of the cougar, otherwise known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, catamount, and ‘tigre.’ Read up about historic and current cougar populations and habitats, the threats cougars currently face, and how Panthera is working in the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and California to mitigate human-cougar conflicts and understand more about this species’ ecology and interactions with human communities.
Click here to read the Cougar Report Card.
Click here to read Panthera’s Report Cards for tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards.
We are excited to share that Panthera grantee and wildlife biologist, Dr. Evi Paemelaere, is now sharing stories about her research on jaguars in the Rupununi region of central Guyana through ‘The Rupununi Report’ blog series, hosted on the Adventures in Climate Change website. Learn about the incredible experiences Evi has had in the field and the wildlife she has encountered (pictures included!) while researching the presence and distribution of jaguars in this region, as part of Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative.