Unlikely adoption among animals, both wild and domestic, make for lighthearted and exceedingly popular news stories. Admittedly or not, most of us have gushed over viral videos and photos showing both inter and intraspecies adoptions, such as domestic dogs who have adopted orphaned piglets, or lionesses who have assumed responsibility for the young of another pride member.
Two new editions of the latest, acclaimed book by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter - Carnivores of the World: A Field Guide – have recently been published in German and French. Originally released in English in October of 2011, Carnivores of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and predatory wild cats to the tiny least weasel – an animal small enough to squeeze through a wedding ring.
Over the past year, we have seen our focused conservation efforts make a real difference for tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards and other cats around the globe.
We know that by supporting Panthera, you are making a choice to join the fight to ensure a future for big cats; and for that, from everyone at Panthera, we say
Best wishes for the New Year.
A Message from Panthera's CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz - Still Time to Show Your Support for Wild Cats in 2012
There are only a few days left before the close of 2012. Thanks to people like you, we've hit some major milestones this year in the world of big cat conservation, from fighting tiger poaching in Asia to creating the world's largest conservation network for jaguars.
We couldn't have done this without you, nor can we continue without your help.
At Panthera, we remain steadfast in discovering and implementing the most effective solutions to the many threats big cats face in the wild, to ensure they can thrive in their natural habitats long into the future.
Panthera’s CEO and renowned tiger scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was recently interviewed for The New York Times Green blog article, ‘Protected Tigers, Burning Bright,' to share his opinions on the current state of tigers and one of the most critical, proven elements required to protect and grow the last remaining tiger populations across Asia – the interest and investment of governments.
Earlier this year, the first ever photos of jaguars in a Colombian oil palm plantation taken with Panthera’s camera traps were released, including images of a female jaguar with cubs. Placed in the inter-Andean Magdalena River Valley, these camera traps were set to gather new data about the impact of Colombia's ever-increasing oil palm plantations on jaguars. And thanks to this insightful research, Panthera’s scientists were able to confirm that, at least in some cases, jaguars are willing to move through oil palm, which is a good thing for preventing genetic isolation of the species.
New York, NY – A major victory for wildlife protection forces was made last week with the launch of a new government-operated insurance program to cover all forest guards employed in the Indian state of Karnataka, which holds the largest number of wild tigers in India, and serves as a stronghold for this highly endangered species.
Forest guards in India’s Nagarahole Tiger Reserve with confiscated axis deer meat from poachers. Axis deer serve as a key prey source for tigers and leopards in the region.
Known as the ‘Roof of the World,’ the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are situated at the intersection of several of Asia’s greatest mountain ranges, and fittingly may represent some of the richest habitat for ‘Asia’s Mountain Ghost’ – the elusive snow leopard.
Today, as many as 300 of the remaining 3,500-7,000 wild snow leopards are thought to live in the Tajik Pamirs – an area which provides a potentially critical link between the southern and northern regions of the snow leopard’s range, and may serve as a vital genetic corridor for the species.
Last week, Panthera reached out to our supporters and harnessed the power of social media to promote #GivingTuesday - a new international day of charitable giving on Tuesday, November 27th, that encourages meaningful gift-giving during the holiday season.
We are now thrilled to share that, thanks to the tremendous support of our fans, Panthera received a remarkable $500,000 in donations on #GivingTuesday! To top it off, every dollar donated has been generously matched.
This means that $1,000,000 will now go directly to the field to protect wild cats around the globe.
This holiday season, give a gift that helps to protect wild cats around the world! Check out Panthera’s unique holiday gift packages, including our Adopt a Cat, Outfit a Wild Cat Ranger, and Sponsor a Camera Trap packages. Be sure to see Panthera’s collection of over 20 beautiful wild cat e-cards and browse our online store, including Panthera’s exclusive Vineyard Vines wild cat ties!
You can also donate directly to Panthera in honor of a friend or family member.