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23 Apr

Panthera’s CEO & Jaguar Corridor Initiative Featured in National Geographic Extreme Explorer Magazine

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This month, National Geographic’s Extreme Explorer Magazine has featured a front-cover article entitled ‘Searching for Jaguars,’ which profiles the Americas’ largest wild cat, Panthera’s CEO and jaguar scientist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative. Written for students ranging from grades 6-12, this article follows Dr. Rabinowitz as he tracks and collars jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, uncovers data on the jaguar’s home range, threats to its survival and genetic makeup, and works to identify and protect the corridors jaguars use to reproduce, roam and live freely through Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative.

18 Apr

Friedman Conservation Grants Program for Wild Cheetahs Launched

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In partnership with Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, Panthera is excited to announce the launch of a grants program dedicated solely to the conservation of the wild African cheetah – the Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program.

Recently unveiled, the Friedman program awards one-year grants of up to $15,000 to support conservation and research projects on wild cheetahs across the species’ range in Africa. Seeking out the best and brightest cheetah conservationists in the field, as well as the most promising and innovative projects, this program aims to increase and connect healthy cheetah populations across the African continent and build the scientific capacity and expertise of the next generation of cheetah conservationists.

17 Apr

F51 – Honoring the Life of a Female Cougar

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F51, an adult female cougar tracked through Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project (TCP), meandered toward the eastern edge of her range, her two female offspring bouncing like electrons in orbit around her. Who can say what a cougar thinks, but from our perspective, life seemed good for F51. The family had fed off a series of elk in quick succession, and then successfully dodged a local wolf pack that stole F51’s last kill. Her kittens were fat, healthy and growing fast.

16 Apr

Long Shields: Defending the Lions of Zimbabwe

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Over the course of history, the name ‘Long Shields’ has been used to identify various ethnic groups, communities and organizations in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe. Starting in the late 19th century, descendants of the Zulu Kingdom were first named ‘Ndebele’ (meaning “people of the Long Shields”) in reference to the Ndebele warriors’ use of a tall, rawhide shield for protection in battle.

Once referencing the armor of war, the term ‘Long Shields’ has since evolved, and now represents an altogether different type of protection carried out on behalf of the lions and local communities of southwestern Zimbabwe.

15 Apr

Glenn Close on a Day in Belize with the Jaguars of Cockscomb - Part 2

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By Panthera Conservation Council Member and Actress, Glenn Close

Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, is one of my planet heroes. I first met him when I was on the Board of the Wildlife Conservation Society and we have been friends ever since.

14 Apr

Part Two: A Tribute to Peter Matthiessen – Friend, Naturalist and Novelist of ‘The Snow Leopard’

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Last week, upon learning of the passing of naturalist and novelist Peter Matthiessen, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, shared his reflections on the profound impact that Matthiessen had on the field of conservation and the inspiration he provided for admirers of the snow leopard and wildlife around the world.

10 Apr

Just Released: Panthera’s April Newsletter

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Panthera has just rolled out our April newsletter, featuring the most recent news and updates from our wild cat conservation programs around the globe. Take a look to learn about the Panthera-supported ‘Long Shields’ project, which is employing local men and women - typically raised to hunt lions - to instead serve as protectors of lions and communities of southwestern Zimbabwe. Read a special contribution from Panthera’s Conservation Council member and actress, Glenn Close, on her reflections from a recent trip with Panthera’s team to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – first established with the help of Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, in the early 1980s.

08 Apr

A Tribute to Peter Matthiessen – Friend, Naturalist and Novelist of ‘The Snow Leopard’

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We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the incredible naturalist and novelist, Peter Matthiessen, over the weekend. Matthiessen was known for a rich volume of works, including the groundbreaking book, The Snow Leopard, which recounted his two-month expedition in 1973 with Panthera’s Dr. George Schaller into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep, and possibly glimpse the elusive snow leopard. This book launched the species into common day lexicon, making this never-heard of cat known to the world, even though Matthiessen himself never saw one.

07 Apr

Intraspecific Killing Among Cougars

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F51, an adult female mountain lion currently tracked by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, meandered towards the eastern edge of her range, her two female offspring bouncing like electrons in orbit around her. Who can say what a mountain lion thinks, but from our perspective, life seemed good for F51.

The family had fed off a series of elk in quick succession, and then successfully dodged the local wolf pack that stole her last kill from them. Her kittens were fat, healthy and growing fast. How quickly things can change.

31 Mar

"Carnivores of the World" Book by Panthera’s President Published in Chinese

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The latest book by Panthera’s President & wild cat scientist, Dr. Luke Hunter, entitled "Carnivores of the World: A Field Guide," is now available for purchase in Chinese. Available in German, French and English as well, this book serves as the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and wild cats to the tiny least weasel.