Panthera’s field staff understand that while collecting cat scat falls under the less glamorous side of carnivore research, it can provide critical information that may be used to help conserve threatened species, like the lion. All feces contain epithelial cells that are shed from the intestinal lining as it passes through the animal's gut. Panthera has partnered with the Global Felid Genetics Programme (GFGP) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to extract DNA from scat collected in the field, and to use this material to create a ‘genetic fingerprint’ for individual cats.
Application Period Open – Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice by WildCRU of Oxford University
We are excited to announce that the 2012 application period is now open for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, delivered by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford.
WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David MacDonald, and since mid-2007 Panthera and WildCRU have partnered to offer the world’s leading university center designed specifically for research in wild felid conservation.
Last December marked an exciting milestone for Panthera with the distribution of our new and enhanced camera trap model, which consists of a remarkably energy-efficient camera that snaps photos of passing wildlife in just three-tenths of a second. Given that wild tigers are very elusive and increasingly rare, these camera traps serve as a particularly valuable research tool that allow Panthera’s scientists to identify individual tigers using their unique stripe patterns and learn more about the abundance, movements and behaviors of these endangered big cats.
We are proud to announce that DisneyNature has selected Panthera as one of its wild cat conservation partners, and is encouraging DisneyNature fans to support Panthera in order to get involved in the conservation of Africa’s wild cats. DisneyNature kicked off Earth Day this year with the release of its latest nature film, African Cats. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this film follows the life story of a cheetah and lion family, and the hardships and challenges they face just trying to survive in the wild savannas of Kenya’s Maasai Mara region.
Panthera has just released our May newsletter, and we’ve got a long list of exciting stories from the field and news about our latest partnerships. Read about how Panthera’s camera traps helped bring poachers to justice in India, DisneyNature chose Panthera as a way to get involved in saving African Cats, a dedicated field assistant in Mozambique collected lion scat to help build himself a new roof, and more on Panthera’s 'Let Lions Live' campaign, education opportunities for conservationists, and our latest partnerships with Velo Enterprise and David Mayer Sculpture!
Panthera congratulates the ongoing commitment by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to bring attention to the needs of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Using camera traps, WWF recently captured the images of possibly 12 Sumatran tigers, including cubs. Unfortunately, these 12 tigers were seen in the Bukit Tigapuluh forest, an area that continues to experience rampant deforestation for palm oil and paper plantations - which means their future is at serious risk. Through releasing these camera trap images, WWF continues to reveal that tigers are persisting in this area and cannot be forgotten; and their habitat and prey populations need to be protected as well.
Several months ago we shared a story about Google the dog, who has been undergoing training in Costa Rica through the Hablemos de Perros organization to become a jaguar scat-detecting dog for Panthera. Google was successfully certified in January as an official jaguar scat-detecting dog by the Miami K-9 Academy. Over the past few weeks, Google’s owner, Carlos Orozco, has introduced ‘the ultimate search engine’, who serves as a critical tool in conserving jaguars by efficiently finding jaguar scat (important DNA), to the second phase of his life-saving training – snake avoidance.
This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother’s Day. What better way to honor your mother this year than to give a gift to Panthera in her name that will help protect the big cats of the world, like this lioness and cub. After you make a donation to Panthera’s Let Lions Live campaign, we will send your Mother an email to let her know of your gift, with a message of your choice.
Panthera would like to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ and ‘thanks’ to all of the human and animal mothers of the world for the love and support they have given their ‘cubs’ over the years.
Dear Panthera Supporters,
I am excited to share with you that since my first letter sent last week to launch Panthera's Let Lions Live campaign we have reached an impressive 41% of our $30,000 goal, which we are hoping to raise by May 27th. Each dollar of this goal is being matched by a generous donor and represents one of the remaining wild lions in Africa.