By Anthony Ham – The Age
When Kamunu Saitoti heard that Nosieki the lioness had been killed, he wept. Saitoti is a young Maasai warrior (murran) in southern Kenya, and for centuries his people have killed lions, doing so to prove their bravery and their readiness to protect their communities. Killing lions is a rite of passage, a cornerstone of Maasai identity. It is also one of Africa's oldest battles. The other reason why the Maasai kill lions - is more prosaic: an eye for an eye. This, too, is one of the immutable laws of the African wild whenever predators and human beings come into conflict. It is also precisely why Nosieki had been poisoned - a Maasai cow had been killed by a predator and the Maasai wanted revenge.
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Last month, CBS ‘60 Minutes’ aired an exciting update on Noca - the first female jaguar collared as part of Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project, which was featured on the 2010 ‘60 Minutes’ program, In Search of the Jaguar.
Re-airing original footage of Noca’s collaring from 2010, the update highlighted recent footage of Noca with a new mate – a resident male jaguar whom locals have nicknamed ‘Teo’ – and the exciting discovery that Noca had given birth to a cub since her collaring.
Read a new Scientific American review of the latest book by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, entitled 'A Field Guide to the Carnivores of the World,’ by palaeozoologist, Darren Naish, to hear his feedback on the book, including its classification of carnivores species, species descriptions, the beauty and accuracy of Priscilla Barrett’s wildlife illustrations, and an overall summary of the book’s key content.
Travelling on horseback for up to 21 hours a day, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, recently spent more than two years tracking, collaring and studying the behavior of cougars in South America’s Patagonia region. Based in the Chacabuco Valley of southern Chile, Elbroch sought to uncover the distinctive hunting habits and prey sources of the Patagonian cougar, in hopes of better conserving the species in this region.
Panthera’s VP Andrea Heydlauff Interviewed by The Huffington Post on the Rampant Trade in Tiger Parts
The Huffington Post published a recent article on the trade of tiger bones in China, which are used in tonic wines thought to hold medicinal properties, and the damning impact of this trade on the Endangered tiger. Read the article and find out what Panthera's Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, had to say about the tiger bone wine trade, the larger illegal wildlife market, the decline of Asia’s tiger populations over the last 100 years and what must be done by governments in Asia, conservation organizations like Panthera, and consumers around the world to halt this rampant and destructive trade.
Read Panthera’s just released March newsletter to watch the new CBS ’60 Minutes’ update on Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project and Noca - the first female jaguar collared as part of this project, which was featured on the 2010 ‘60 Minutes’ program, In Search of the Jaguar. Be sure to read Panthera’s unreleased update on Noca’s activities since her collaring and the growth of the Pantanal’s jaguar populations.
Snow Leopards in Alaska? Well, no... but this summer, Panthera’s fans are invited to join Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, for an exclusive nature cruise of Southeast Alaska on board the luxury yacht M/V Sikumi!
Watch HuffPost Live Video Interview with Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on Captive Big Cats & State of Cats in the Wild
Today, Panthera's President & wild cat scientist, Dr. Luke Hunter, was interviewed on the webTV network HuffPost Live on the state of wild cats around the world and what is truly needed to ensure their survival long into the future. Learn about Panthera's efforts to "preserve habitat & address threats facing cats around the world so they can exist in the wild & aren't just restricted to captivity." Also hear Dr. Hunter’s feedback on the nature of wild cats kept in captivity and the events surrounding the recent, tragic California Cat Haven Sanctuary attack.
Watch the interview below:
New York, NY - A new report published today concludes that nearly half of Africa's wild lion populations may decline to near extinction over the next 20-40 years without urgent conservation measures. The plight of many lion populations is so bleak, the report concludes that fencing them in - and fencing humans out - may be their only hope for survival.