In addition to monitoring the activities of lions and serving as community spokesmen to discourage the hunting of lions, local Maasai warriors working through the Lion Guardians program are also tasked with mitigating human-lion conflict. The Lion Guardians frequently work with local communities to inform herders of areas occupied by lions, train ranchers how to properly protect and corral their livestock, and assist in tracking down lost livestock. Yesterday, for example, a local livestock owner reported to the Lion Guardians that one of his favorite, and heavily pregnant, cows had been lost in the bush. The Lion Guardians immediately set out to locate the cow, spending the next several hours trudging through dense vegetation.
Wednesday, March 21, 9am: Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, to Discuss Plight of Tigers on Steve Scher Radio Show
On March 21st, Panthera’s CEO and renowned tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will be interviewed on the Steve Scher Weekday Radio Show in Seattle, Washington. Tune in to 94.9 KUOW or listen live online at http://kuow.org/listen/ to hear Dr. Rabinowitz discuss the state of the world’s tigers, which have been reduced to just 3,200 individuals in the wild, the hope that remains for these magnificent and endangered big cats, and the effective conservation strategies being implemented today through Panthera's Tigers Forever program.
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Press Release: Curious Cats Take Off with Panthera's Camera Traps, Provide Insights into Conservation
Curious by nature, big cats have a habit of exploring and investigating their surroundings, especially when it comes to objects like Panthera’s camera traps. Utilized on the Mongolian steppe to the dense forests of Gabon, Panthera’s camera traps produce flashes of light and can make curious clicking noises when big cats and other wildlife pass through the camera traps’ infrared sensors. Sometimes, these wild and often secretive animals stop to take a closer look, often sniffing, pawing or warily eyeing the technology - all of which is caught on camera!
Last week, a New York Times Green blog post discussed 'A Jail Term for Jaguar Smugglers' who were arrested for selling four jaguar skins to undercover U.S. Fish & Wildlife agents in Texas and Florida, and recently sentenced to one year and one day in prison. At the time of their arrest, the smugglers had also offered 10 more jaguar skins to the undercover agents.
Last summer, a wildlife patrol team arrested two tiger poachers in Thailand’s Western Forest Province using evidence that included photos from the poachers’ cell phone showing the men standing over a dead tiger (which was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Society), along with images showing them trafficking elephant ivory. After a lengthy trial, Thai officials recently sentenced the two men to five and four years in prison – the most severe punishments ever given for wildlife poaching in Thailand. As this case comes to a close, Panthera congratulates Thai officials for sending a clear warning to all current and would-be wildlife poachers that this illegal and cruel activity will not be tolerated.
Panthera recently partnered with Jeep Apparel to raise funding and awareness about the state of South Africa’s leopards through exclusive leopard t-shirts! Jeep Apparel has created Men’s and Ladies t-shirts, featured below, with beautiful images of leopards, a ‘Save Our Leopards’ message and Panthera’s logo. Now through July 31st, these t-shirts are available for purchase at select Jeep stockists in South Africa, and 10 rand from the sale of each t-shirt will be donated to Panthera to support our leopard conservation initiatives.
Last April, Panthera reported on field surveys carried out in 2009 by Panthera, WCS Nigeria and the Nigerian National Park Service, which revealed that Nigeria was then home to fewer than just 50 individual lions. Approximately 15-20 lions were estimated to live within Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve, while the remaining 30-35 lions were found to reside in Kainji Lake National Park in western Nigeria. These fragile populations represented two of only four known lion populations that remained in West Africa.
Situated in the heart of Central America, Nicaragua is one of the 18 countries that is home to Americas’ largest cat – the elusive jaguar. Nicaragua serves as a crucial link in the Jaguar Corridor, connecting jaguar populations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras to all jaguar populations to the south of the country.