The planet's most iconic creatures are being slaughtered for the illegal wildlife trade, a market estimated to be around $20 billion a year.
Poaching networks are highly organized, better outfitted than park guards, and more emboldened than ever to kill and collect their prize. Utilizing helicopters, automatic weapons, chainsaws, and poison, they leave behind rotting carcasses charting their course.
Is this the Earth we envision, with tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos soon to become the ghosts of our past? Is this the footprint, the legacy, we are choosing to leave behind? I believe that for most of us, the answer is an emphatic "no".
Earlier this year, prior to Panthera’s signing of an MOU with the Guyana government, several of our scientists embarked on a ten-day exploratory expedition of Guyana’s Rewa River to assess the state of biodiversity and threats facing this watershed. This is the first post by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, of the Guyana Jungle Journey blog series.
Panthera is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to our team. Joining Panthera from Namibia’s remote Caprivi Strip, Panthera’s Senior Lion Program Director, Dr. Paul Funston, brings over two decades of experience studying and conserving Africa’s lions, and other large carnivores and their prey.
Read Panthera’s just released May newsletter to learn how to pre-order your copy of the new National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat, by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. Also learn about the latest wild cat scientists to join ‘Panthera’s Pride,’ including new Senior Lion Program Director, Dr. Paul Funston, Chief Technologist, Chris Cline, Tajikistan Snow Leopard Program Coordinator, Tanya Rosen, amongst others, and Panthera’s conservation goals for the year ahead.
National Geographic recently reported on a Florida restaurant's controversial sale of lion meat tacos, helping to renew the debate over the consumption of exotic meat. Read the article to hear what Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, had to say about why this practice threatens lions and humans handling lion meat, and why attention given to this issue would be better directed towards the conservation of the fewer than 30,000 wild lions that remain in Africa today.
This May, we are proud to announce the Dalton Middle School Wildlife Conservation Club as Panthera’s Donor of the Month! Formed in September 2012 in Panthera’s home town of New York City, Dalton’s Wildlife Conservation Club is comprised of 16 motivated middle school students who volunteer their time and efforts to raise awareness and funds for Panthera’s critical tiger conservation initiatives.
Recently, Panthera was thrilled to learn that in just eight months, Dalton’s Conservation Club members had raised nearly $1,000 - 100% of which will go directly to the field to support Panthera’s Tigers Forever program!
Read the interview to learn about Dr. Rabinowitz’s extensive conservation career, including being on the forefront of creating the world’s first jaguar reserve in Belize, the largest protected area in Taiwan, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand, and no less than five new protected areas in Myanmar, including the world’s largest tiger reserve.
This Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day! Send one of Panthera’s beautiful wild cat e-cards to let your mother, grandmother, sister, or friend know that you care about her, and big cats.
Go paperless and personalize one of Panthera’s seven e-cards for a minimum donation of just $10. Panthera’s fans can also adopt a cat or make a larger gift to Panthera in someone’s name. Check out Panthera's online store for other great gifts for moms, including t-shirts, hats, water bottles & more.
100% of donations go directly to the field to support Panthera’s work to protect the world’s wild cats.
A recent New Scientist article - ‘A New Apocalypse Now: Vietnam’s Conservation Tale’ – features a review of Dan Drollette’s latest book, Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam’s “Lost World,” and an interview with Panthera’s CEO and wildlife scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, on conservation within Vietnam and beyond.
This Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day. Let your mother know you care about her, and big cats, by sending one of Panthera’s beautiful wild cat e-cards. Personalize your e-card for a minimum donation of just $10 and if you’d like to make a larger gift to Panthera in your mother’s name, please visit this page. All e-card and other donations go directly to the field to support Panthera’s work to protect the world’s wild cats. Browse other great gifts for Mom in Panthera's online store, including our t-shirts, polos, hats, water bottles & more.