Panthera’s February newsletter has just been released and is chock-full of new stories from the field and our latest media features. Learn about the life and legacy of Art Ortenberg, a wildlife conservation champion, and the New York Times op-ed co-authored by Panthera’s Dr. George Schaller on ‘Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards.’ Read a field story on a day in Belize with Panthera’s Conservation Council Member, Glenn Close, and the jaguars of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary; the 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation recipient; the first ever photos of wild snow leopards taken in Uzbekistan; the silver lining for the lions of West Africa; the world’s rarest otter photographed in Sumatra; and much more.
New York, NY - The wildlife conservation world has lost a champion. On February 3rd, 2014, Art Ortenberg, the brilliant business partner behind the legendary fashion designer (who was also his life partner) Liz Claiborne, passed away at the age of 87. While his family and friends at Panthera mourn his passing, we also remember a life well-lived, with meaning and cause, and celebrate the legacy Art Ortenberg has left on some of the world's most magnificent and endangered species.
While working on assignment with Panthera, wildlife photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht recently took this stunning photo of a Bay Cat in Borneo. This image serves as the 1st high resolution photo taken of one of the world’s least-known & most endangered wild cats! Learn about the elusive Bay Cat & Panthera's work to conserve it @ http://bit.ly/1aJZYCA. Also check out a LiveScience article @ http://bit.ly/KHQKfZ & Discovery News article on this work @ http://bit.ly/KLtRbs. Don't miss the LiveScience gallery of Bay Cat images @ http://bit.ly/1mtzKqe!
On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Program Deputy Director, Peter Zahler, entitled ‘Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards.’
Panthera’s Director of Media and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, spent a decade in search of wild tigers, devoted to capturing their magnificence and telling their story, and hoping to reinvigorate global concern as their numbers continued to dwindle. In 2007, freelance environmental journalist Sharon Guynup was working on a story about poaching in India's Kaziranga National Park--when she glimpsed her first wild tiger and began writing regularly about big cats. Now, their photographs and stories can be seen in the newly published Panthera-National Geographic book, entitled ‘Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat.’
Panthera’s Tristan Dickerson Profiled by Men's Health Magazine as One of "South Africa's Most Inspirational Men"
Panthera is thrilled to share that our own Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, has been profiled by Men's Health Magazine as one of "South Africa's Most Inspirational Men" for his conservation work through Panthera's Furs For Life Leopard Project.
Read the following excerpt from South Africa’s Men’s Health Magazine to learn about Tristan's work to create an affordable and realistic faux leopard fur to reduce the hunting of leopards among the Shembe community, who wear the skins during religious ceremonies:
One of the world’s least-known and most endangered wild cats, the Bay Cat, was recently photographed for the first time in high resolution by wildlife photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht, while working on assignment with Panthera. As highlighted in a recent LiveScience article and photo gallery, this stunning photograph, shown here, was taken with a camera trap set in Tawau Hills Park, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Except for poor quality, remote camera-trap images taken by researchers, the Bay Cat has never been photographed like this in the wild.
First Ever Photos Of Snow Leopards in Uzbekistan Taken Through Panthera, WWF and Gissar Nature Reserve Study
Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Newly obtained camera trap images have provided the very first photographic evidence of snow leopards in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan.
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.