Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was interviewed live on the Connecticut Public Radio program, The Colin McEnroe Show, at 1pm EST today on the state of cougars (mountain lions) in Connecticut and in the Northeast United States region. A great deal of media attention has recently been given to a case that occurred last week involving a cougar that was struck and killed by a car travelling on a Connecticut highway. This event has fueled much debate on the status of cougars in Connecticut and throughout the Northeastern region of the U.S.
Tristan Dickerson, Panthera's Leopard Program Coordinator and lead field scientist with Panthera’s South Africa-based Munyawana Leopard Project, has been chosen as one of the Mail & Guardian’s ‘Top 200 Young South Africans’. Each year, Mail & Guardian profiles 200 innovative leaders under the age of 35 who are leading a new generation of South Africans and who are making a tremendous impact on the country. Dickerson was chosen as a Top Young South African for his groundbreaking approach to saving South Africa’s rapidly dwindling wild leopard population.
Just weeks into the start of this year’s snow leopard collaring season, Swedish Ph.D. student Orjan Johansson collared a record four snow leopards in a 20 night period! Two of the cats were females new to the Mongolia-based study (one named ‘Lasya’ or ‘great beauty’ in Mongolian and the other named ‘Anu’ after a famed Mongolian warrior princess); the other two were Aztai and Khavar, whose collars needed to be replaced.
Read Panthera’s June newsletter to learn about how Panthera's Leopard Program Coordinator made the 2011 Mail & Guardian 'Top 200 Young South Africans' List, the record-breaking work being done in Mongolia to uncover the secret lives of snow leopards, Panthera's Father's Day e-cards, the successful bust by Brazilian authorities of an illegal hunting operation in the Pantanal, and how Panthera’s scientists’ are using cougar conservation best practices to protect the leopards of South Africa. Also read up on Panthera’s latest partnerships, events and publications.
J. Panther Luggage Co. is an upscale luggage company whose beautiful products are designed and tested in New York City and hand-crafted and finished by New England artisans. The company’s name references the ‘panther,’ otherwise known as the cougar or mountain lion in the United States, whose range extends throughout North, Central and South America. As a sign of recognition and appreciation for the use of this big cat’s image and name, J. Panther Luggage Co. has generously chosen Panthera as their non-profit partner, and are currently making ongoing quarterly donations to support Panthera's wild cat conservation work.
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Applications Now Being Accepted for Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation
We would like to announce that Panthera is now accepting applications for the 2011 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation. Each year, Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council awards a prize to a special individual who has made a significant contribution to conserving wild cats, and who represents the next generation of scientists, conservationists, policy makers, politicians and planners who will pave the future of wild cat conservation. The prize winner is someone who has and will continue to work tirelessly to contribute, in a significant way, to the conservation of wild cats.
Press Release: Panthera Exec VP Luke Hunter Explores Conservation Best Practices at Bozeman Mountain Lion Conference
Panthera Executive Vice President Dr. Luke Hunter presented the keynote address at this year’s Mountain Lion Workshop in Bozeman, Montana, where he drew upon the expertise and results of long-term research projects like the Teton Cougar Project and others across the United States to demonstrate how conservation ideas developed for cougars in the US are being translated in South Africa to conserve leopards, with unique results.
Read Panthera’s Press Release about this story.
Panthera applauds the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Federal Police on successfully uncovering an illegal hunting operation using ecotourism as its cover, which organized illegal jaguar and puma hunts for tourists paying up to R$40,000 (24,748 USD). The regional office of IBAMA Corumbá fined the ranch owner and tour operator R$105,000 (65,016 USD) for the crime of illegally hunting wildlife for tourism purposes.
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We are thrilled to announce that Panthera surpassed its goal of raising $30,000 in a 30 day period through the ‘Let Lions Live’ campaign to conserve the fewer than 30,000 remaining lions in Africa. Thanks to a generous donor, every dollar of the more than $30,000 raised for the ‘Let Lions Live’ campaign has been matched.