It was dark, and cold. Under cover of night, F61, an adult female mountain lion currently followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, padded softly back to her kill. Drew Rush, on assignment for National Geographic’s article “Ghost Cats” had visited while she was away, and set up a motion-triggered camera to photograph her upon her return.
After a quick examination of the camera, F61 inspected her kill. It was an elk, and she had carefully covered it in snow to minimize its chances of detection from competitors.
Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project has just captured incredible, new footage showing how cougars communicate (yes, it's loud!), solicit attention and engage in courtship behavior in the wild. Watch this footage below and learn about the intricacies of cougar courtship from Panthera's Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, in this National Geographic Cat Watch blog post.
Today, Panthera is excited to celebrate the first annual World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a day “to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.” We ask you to join with us in celebrating the world’s big cats, and other species, by signing up for our big cat email updates.
Press Release: New Protection for the Jaguar: Belize and Panthera Sign Critical Conservation Agreement
Belmopan, Belize – New strides for the future of the jaguar were made last week with the signing of a critical conservation agreement between the government of Belize, Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the University of Belize.
In January, the Smithsonian Magazine released a video “The Jaguar Highway” of Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter talking about jaguars, where they live, how they kill their prey, how the Mayan’s viewed them. Learn how Steve captured photos of one of the most rarely viewed cats and what Panthera is doing through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative to protect ‘America’s Tiger’.
Learn more about the Jaguar Corridor Initiative
Panthera’s former Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, won first place in the 2014 World Press Photo Nature Category last week with his striking photo of cougar mother and her cub. Taken with a camera trap, these cougars are part of Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project (TCP) in Wyoming, which was also featured in the December issue of National Geographic.
Home to hundreds of mammal and bird species, the Indonesian island of Sumatra is most often renowned for its magnificent mega fauna, including the Sumatran tiger, rhino, elephant and orangutan.
Here, situated in the southern tip of the island, Panthera works in close partnership with Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) – a 450km2 privately managed concession - and the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia to carry out a significant Tigers Forever conservation initiative on behalf of the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger.
Today is Valentine’s Day – a day in which you can show your significant other, and family and friends, how much you care about them. Send a heartfelt, personalized message to your loved ones with one of Panthera’s Valentine’s Day e-cards. These e-cards feature sweet photographs of big cats and can be purchased for a minimum donation of just $5! Want to step it up a notch? Give a gift your loved one will remember for years to come by adopting a wild cat in their honor.
In a press release published last month, Panthera outlined the results of a new report confirming that lions are now Critically Endangered and face extinction across the entire region of West Africa.
Led by Panthera’s Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, the study required a massive survey effort extending across 21 parks and 11 countries over a six year period. The results, unfortunately, are somber: today fewer than 400 lions remain in four isolated populations in West Africa, with only 250 of these being breeding adult lions.
Lion Conservationist Shivani Bhalla Awarded 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation
Panthera is excited to announce that lion conservationist and PhD candidate, Shivani Bhalla, has been awarded the 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.