Costa Rica, ‘the Rich Coast,’ is often rightly associated as a highly desired vacation hub, distinguished by its beautiful beaches, ecotourism operations and tropical jungles that are home to thousands of animal and plant species, including multiple healthy populations of the Americas’ largest cat – the jaguar.
Read our April newsletter to learn about the first camera trap photos of a tiger just taken in a remote Northeast Indian Reserve, the historic commitment made by the Honduran government in partnership with Panthera to protect jaguars, and a study on the snow leopard's diet that is helping Panthera's scientists better conserve 'Asia's Mountain Ghost.' Learn about the significance of the first jaguar camera trap photo from Costa Rica’s Barbilla Corridor, the recent rescue of a cow and her newborn calf by Kenyan Maasai warriors known as ‘Lion Guardians,’ and watch a video of two snow leopard cubs upending a camera trap in Pakistan. Be sure to listen to an interview with Panthera’s CEO, Dr.
While snow leopards are extremely rare and are seldom seen in the wild (only 3,500-7,000 exist), local people who share their home with this big cat consider it to be one of the major threats to their livelihoods, by killing and feeding off livestock, including cattle, goats, and other domesticated animals. One of the biggest threats to snow leopards is retaliatory killing by people who have lost livestock. And often times, their fears may be real. A survey conducted in four regions of Mongolia revealed that 14% of livestock owners admitted to hunting snow leopards as retribution for loss of their livestock [*1]. A separate study found that 38% of the total livestock losses in Ladakh, India could be attributed to snow leopards [*2].
Press Release: Study Reveals First Ever Camera Trap Photos of a Tiger in Remote Northeast Indian Reserve
New York, NY – New data from a camera trap survey have revealed the first ever photos of a tiger (left), and images of more than 30 other mammal species from India’s Namdapha Tiger Reserve. While Namdapha is located on the remote and wild border with Myanmar, it has been impacted over the years by poaching for the illegal wildlife market and has even been declared an ‘empty forest,’ making these recent findings all the more surprising.
The New York Times Green Blog Interview with Panthera’s CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz on Research Cuts at Indian Tiger Reserves
A recent New York Times Green blog post reported on a decision by the chief wildlife warden of India's Karnataka state that denies new research permits and the extension of current research permits in five tiger reserves.
Read a thorough review of Panthera’s award winning film, My Pantanal, recently posted on the U.S.-based Izilwane blog. This film, written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President Andrea Heydlauff, tells the story of a boy named Aerenilso, who lives on a conservation ranch in the Brazilian Pantanal, shares what life is like in this incredible landscape and how ranchers and jaguars are co-existing with the help of Panthera’s jaguar scientists.
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Delivers a Powerful Message about Saving the Tiger at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo
During his keynote speech at the Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Thrive fundraiser in Seattle, Washington last week, Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, shared inspiring stories from a lifetime of work dedicated to saving the world’s wild cats and their habitats, and stressed that the time is now to save the world’s largest, most iconic and most endangered big cat – the tiger. At the close of this speech, Dr. Rabinowitz received a standing ovation from the more than 700 fundraiser attendees.
Read a blog post about Dr. Rabinowitz’s moving speech by Seattle City Council Member, Jean Godden:
March 23-April 5, Cambridge: Exhibition of Illustrations by Priscilla Barrett Included in Carnivores of the World
An exhibition of beautiful, detailed paintings depicting the world’s 245 carnivore species by wildlife artist, Priscilla Barrett ,will be on display at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge from Friday, March 23, until Thursday, April 5.
Ranging from the largest terrestrial carnivore, the polar bear, to the tiny least weasel that can squeeze through a wedding ring, the true carnivores – order Carnivora – include some of the world’s most charismatic, admired, feared and spectacular creatures. This exhibition features the original paintings produced for the recently published Field Guide to the Carnivores of the World written by Panthera’s President Dr. Luke Hunter.
Just Released: Interview Podcast with Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, on the Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show
Yesterday, Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was interviewed live on the 94.9 KUOW Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show in Seattle, Washington to discuss the state of the world’s wild tigers, why their numbers are declining, what is needed to save them, and how Panthera is doing this through the Tigers Forever program. Listen to the recording of this interview now at http://bit.ly/GOi0Rs (22:30 minute mark). Also learn about other imperiled big cats around the world and how they can co-exist with humans. More info on the program @ http://bit.ly/GDrod7.