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.
Panthera’s April newsletter has just been released! Check it out to learn about Panthera’s latest conservation activities in Guyana, including an exciting jaguar camera trap photo, a Panthera scientist’s rare encounter with a group of lions in Nigeria, Google the scat-detecting dog’s snake avoidance training, the recent creation of an International Tiger Advisory Group, the ‘Power of the Petition,’ the airing of the Lost Land of the Tiger program on National Geographic, and a champion for the world’s snow leopards. If you haven’t already joined Panthera’s email list, do so now at the top of the page!
The BBC 'Lost Land of the Tiger' program featuring Panthera President and CEO and tiger expert Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will air on National Geographic beginning Friday, April 8th, at 9pm. Tune in to watch Dr. Alan Rabinowitz & a team of scientists as they travel through Bhutan in search of tigers.
The program will also be airing on: Saturday, April 9th, at 12am & 9am EST Monday, April 11th, at 11am EST Friday, April 15th, at 5pm EST More info can be found on this program at http://on.natgeo.com/eHoqHK & http://bit.ly/hGNupX.
The recent tiger estimates to come from the Government of India, released on the 28th March, put the current Indian wild tiger population at 1,706 adults (including 70 from the Sundarbans bordering Bangladesh). These numbers have been making headlines, as they indicate a 16% increase in India's overall tiger population since the 2007 estimates of 1,411 individuals. Significant resources (money and manpower) have been put into these recent efforts, which need to be applauded. However, celebration of a rising tiger population should be tempered. As one of India’s most renowned tiger biologists, Dr. Ullas Karanth was quick to point out, the methodology that underpins these estimates has yet to be adequately described, making it difficult to be confident in the estimates.
The 2010 Lion Guardians Annual Report has just been released! Learn about the achievements of the Lion Guardian staff, including 29 Lion Guardians or Maasai warriors, and the challenges they faced in a year still impacted by one of the worst droughts in history, in 2009. For starters, in 2010 the Lion Guardians staff monitored 55 lions in Kenya’s Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and prevented the hunting of at least 44 lions in this region, with the help of the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Maasailand Preservation Trust. Also be sure to read the latest news about the planned expansion of the Lion Guardians model to Tanzania, & around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ruaha Game Reserve.