The lion is synonymous with wild Africa. Over a century ago, hundreds of thousands of lions roamed the continent, but today, fewer than 30,000 remain. Lions are being shot, poisoned and speared, their habitat is being lost, and their prey is being over-hunted by people. This relentless pattern leaves lions with little to eat causing them to turn to livestock, and fuels the bitter cycle of human-lion conflict.
This rate of decline is catastrophic, and lions need a lifeline now more than ever.
Just last month, in partnership with the Karanambu Trust, Panthera initiated our first ever jaguar conservation and research activities in the Rupununi region of central Guyana. In order to learn more about the possible presence and distribution of jaguars in this region, Panthera jaguar scientist Dr. Esteban Payan and Dr. Evi Paemelaere set up 16 camera traps 1.5 kilometers apart on the Karanambu Ranch – a region that extends for 125 square miles and that is home to forests, riparian forests, savanna habitats and a 40-mile stretch of the Rupununi River.
Today is Earth Day – an international day of advocacy and celebration of the magnificence of our Earth, and the equally incredible wildlife it supports. On this day, as the citizens of the world are encouraged to make ‘A Billion Acts of Green,’ Panthera asks that you also pledge to help us make 'A Billion Acts for Big Cats.'
The big cats of this Earth – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars – serve as critical ecosystem guardians for our planet. The presence of these apex predators indicates healthy ecosystems that support thousands of plant and animal species, including people.
When you act for big cats, you act for yourself, and for all animals on the planet.
We are excited to share that Panthera has recently partnered with Velo Enterprise, a leading manufacturer of cycling saddles, grips and handlebar tapes. Now through October 20th, Velo will run its Senso Wildlife campaign to raise awareness about and support the conservation of wild cats. Throughout this promotional period, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Senso saddles will be generously donated to Panthera. The campaign will initially be held throughout Germany and promoted through advertisements, online and in cycling shops, and a sweepstakes will also be held in which two winners will be awarded a trip to South Africa.
Word is spreading about Panthera partner Jack Vartanian’s new MENAGERIE COLLECTION, which includes a leopard ring, necklace and earrings, among other animal-inspired jewelry. Along with an article in Women’s Wear Daily, fashion stylist Rachel Zoe has just posted an article on her daily newsletter, The Zoe Report, about the collection’s beautiful gold & diamond leopard ring shown here. Zoe also noted that during the month of April, Jack Vartanian will generously donate 10% of sales from this collection to Panthera.
This evening at 7pm, Lion Guardians Program Director and co-founder Leela Hazzah and senior biologist Stephanie Dolrenry will give a lecture at The Explorers Club in New York City on the conservation work of the Lion Guardians program – an innovative project that employs Maasai warriors, who traditionally hunt lions, as ‘Lion Guardians.’ Through this program, local Maasai warriors are trained to respond to and mitigate human-lion conflict situations by informing herders of areas occupied by lions, helping farmers improve their livestock husbandry techniques, tracking down lost live¬stock, and discouraging other Maasai warriors from hunting lions in the future.
The final airing of the Lost Land of the Tiger program featuring Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will take place this evening at 5pm EST. Tune in to watch Dr. Alan Rabinowitz & a team of scientists as they travel through Bhutan in search of tigers.
While millions of tourists flock to African game reserves each year to observe the iconic African lion, few people realize that outside the protective bubble of parks and reserves, Africa's iconic big cat is in freefall.
During the month of April, Jack Vartanian will generously donate 10% of sales from the recently released MENAGERIE COLLECTION to Panthera. The MENAGERIE COLLECTION includes diamond and gold jewelry depicting the leopard, including a ring, earrings and necklace. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in Brazil. Visit www.jackvartanian.com to see pieces from the MENAGERIE COLLECTION and support their partnership with Panthera.
Read about the MENAGERIE COLLECTION and this partnership in Women’s Wear Daily.
We are saddened to share that Rinchen Wangchuk, a dear friend of Panthera’s and the Founder and Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy–India Trust, passed away recently after years of battling ALS. Among the international wildlife conservation community and beyond, Rinchen was renowned for his incredible lifetime contribution in studying and saving snow leopards.