The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Coordinator, Tanya Rosen, Highlighted in IUCN’s ‘Women and the Environment’ Segment
This month, through their ‘Women and the Environment’ segment, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is turning the spotlight on some of the inspirational women who are working in conservation and sustainable development. Some are hands-on practitioners while others are dedicating their efforts to promoting the importance of gender equality in environmental policy making.
New York, NY – A Panthera co-authored study published last week confirms the critical role of Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries in the fight to conserve the endangered snow leopard.
Panthera applauds the President of Colombia, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, and Colombian Parks Unit for the recent expansion of Chiribiquete National Park. Long considered one of the most significant, core protected areas of the Colombian Amazon, this park, now the size of Belgium, is home to a myriad of wildlife, including thriving jaguar populations.
Check out Panthera's photo of the day of a beautiful tiger, taken by Panthera Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. Pre-order the Panthera-NatGeo book - Tigers Forever - to see more gorgeous wild tiger photos & learn about the state of the tiger & Panthera's work to save them across their range @ http://bit.ly/10UACwM
The Pamir mountains of Tajikistan have been known since Victorian times as the “Roof of the World”. Epitomizing that image, the snow leopard in this camera trap photo surveys his realm from the lofty peaks of the Pamirs. It was enough to catch the eye of voters in the TrailCamPro.com camera trap photo contest, where the picture won Shannon Kachel 1st place in the International category. Today, Shannon studies as a graduate student at the University of Delaware and leads a Panthera-funded study of snow leopards and trophy hunting of their prey in the Pamirs. Congratulations Shannon!
Recently, India’s leading wildlife and environmental conservation magazine - Sanctuary Asia Magazine - launched the Leave Me Alone tiger conservation campaign to highlight the state of the species and encourage the citizens of India to participate in public events supporting tiger conservation. Read a public statement from Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, endorsing the campaign below:
Recently, GlobalPost reporter Simeon Tegel joined Panthera’s Research Fellow, Bart Harmsen, for a trip to Belize’s Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve to learn about Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative and the state of the country’s largest wild cat. Read the article below, entitled Cockscomb Basin: Where the Big Cats Are, or on GlobalPost’s site to learn about the landscape and jaguars of Belize and Panthera’s work to protect this wild cat in Belize and beyond, and hear anecdotes from Harmsen about the first time he encountered a jaguar in the wild.
We love this photo of a leopard and her cub, taken by partner and talented wildlife photographer, Brett Pearson, because their tails seem to form a heart! This photo was taken in South Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve, home to Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project, founded by Panthera President, Dr Luke Hunter.
Learn more about Panthera’s leopard conservation work through the Munyawana Leopard Project.
Give us your best caption for this adorable little lion cub, taken by Panthera's partner and wildlife photographer, Philip J. Briggs! Sadly, Lions have disappeared from over 80% of their historic range. But Project Leonardo is Panthera's solution to protecting and increasing the world’s remaining wild lions.
Learn more about the Project Leonardo.
See more of Briggs' beautiful photography at www.philipjbriggs.com