Earlier today, BBC World News Television interviewed Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on new and sobering findings on the state of lions in West Africa. Watch the interview below to see Dr. Hunter discuss the recent and catastrophic decline in West Africa's lion populations and the threats that have brought about this population loss.
Learn what Dr. Hunter had to say about the surprising findings from a Panthera-led study in West Africa, including the existence of just an estimated 250 adult lions restricted to four isolated and severely imperiled populations in the region. Also hear what Dr. Hunter had to say about what is needed to protect and grow these remaining lion populations in West Africa.
Panthera's photo of the day shows a gorgeous leopard in Kafue National Park - the largest protected area in the southern African nation of Zambia & one of the most important national parks in Africa. Learn about Panthera's partnership with PUMA & Wilderness Safaris to protect big cats in this critical conservation area @ http://bit.ly/1fb4rlU.
New York, New York - A report published today concludes that the African lion is facing extinction across the entire West African region. The West African lion once ranged continuously from Senegal to Nigeria, but the new paper reveals there are now only an estimated 250 adult lions restricted to four isolated and severely imperiled populations. Only one of those populations contains more than 50 lions.
Often referred to as the American lion, puma, panther, mountain lion, or puma, the wild cougar maintains the largest geographic range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, spanning 28 countries. Yet despite this beautiful species’ notoriety and extensive home range, the cougar remains to be one of the most elusive wild cats on the planet.
Several months ago, The Moth - an acclaimed, New York non-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling - published a book featuring fifty spellbinding stories, including a soul-bearing story contributed by Panthera’s CEO and Moth regular, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Today we are pleased to share that this book has been selected for The New York Times Best Sellers List!
Jan 6 - Explorers Club Lecture with Panthera Media Director Steve Winter and Journalist Sharon Guynup
On January 6, Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, and environmental journalist, Sharon Guynup, will give a special lecture at New York City’s Explorer’s Club on the state of the tiger and the release of the new Panthera-National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the Worlds Most Endangered Big Cat.
Panthera is pleased to announce that in partnership with the New York Road Runners Official Charity Partner Program, we are now fielding a team of runners for the 2014 New York City Half Marathon!
Held on March 16, 2014, this race brings 15,000 runners to the heart of New York City every year for a 13.1 mile run through Central Park and Times Square, finishing at the historic South Street Seaport.
Click here to learn about our fundraising perks and how to apply to run with Panthera.
On behalf of the world’s wild cats and all of us at Panthera, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!
Thanks to your support, in the past year alone, we have been able to:
A Message from Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz: Help Big Cats Live On in 2014 and Beyond – Make a Year-End Gift to Panthera
As 2013 comes to a close, I am inspired by the achievements Panthera has made this past year for big cats.
Because of your generous support, Panthera’s scientists have made serious strides in protecting wild cats from their most pervasive threats, expanding our conservation projects, and growing our team of scientists and influential partners that are fighting every day to protect big cats.