One of the world’s least-known and most endangered wild cats, the bay cat, has been photographed by Panthera grantees Jedediah Brodie (Universiti Malaysia Sabah/ University of British Columbia) and Anthony Giordano (S.P.E.C.I.E.S/Texas Tech University). Their photograph is the first record of this very elusive cat in the Borneo highlands, at 1460 meters (approximately 4,800 feet). The records add to our very limited knowledge of the species, which was photographed alive for the first time only in 1998 and where most previous records are from dense lowland forest under 800 meters (approximately 2,600 feet).
Panthera congratulates Conservation Council member, Glenn Close, on her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the film Albert Nobbs, in which she portrays a 19th-century Irish woman passing as a man in order to work and survive. As a founding member of Panthera's Conservation Council, Ms. Close provides actionable advice and guidance on fundamental topics relevant to the growth, development and success of Panthera. In recent years, Ms. Close has passionately supported the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act and dedicated her time to increasing Panthera's influence on public policy and access to decision makers around the world.
Panthera’s January newsletter has just been released and is filled with an array of exciting conservation stories. Watch a video of a snow leopard stealing a camera trap in Tajikistan (just featured on CNN and Daily Mail) where Panthera is partnering with Fauna and Flora International to carry out a camera trap survey and learn more about the conservation status and activities of snow leopards and their prey in this region.
It’s no secret that big cats, just like their distant cousin, the domestic house cat, are characteristically curious, particularly when it comes to Panthera’s camera traps. Wild cats and other wildlife are naturally intrigued (and sometimes even spooked) when they pass through camera traps’ infrared sensors and trigger flashes of light, or spot the glowing, red light emitted by some of Panthera’s camera trap models. Most of the time, these cats react by taking a closer, quizzical look at the camera traps, and sometimes they sniff, paw and even ‘mark’ or spray Panthera’s camera traps to identify their territories.
Panthera’s Lion Program Director Featured in Africa Geographic Article on Africa’s Close-Encounter Wildlife Programs
A recent Africa Geographic Magazine article entitled ‘Think Before you Walk’ discusses whether the large number of captive-breeding, interactive & close-encounter wildlife programs throughout Africa actually contribute to the conservation of the animals they exploit, as many of the operations currently claim. Read the article for more information and to see what Panthera's Lion Program Director, Dr. Guy Balme, has to say about these captive-breeding and close-encounter programs. Be sure to check out the following quote from Dr. Balme, pulled from the Africa Geographic article:
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Discusses How to Successfully Save Big Cats on TreeHugger Radio
Listen to a TreeHugger Radio interview with Panthera’s CEO and big cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, to learn about the state of big cats and the increasing threats they face through direct hunting, loss of their prey due to overhunting by humans and the destruction and fragmentation of their natural habitats.
A PLoS ONE scientific publication co-authored by Panthera’s scientists, Peter Lindsey and Guy Balme, on the significance of African lions for the financial viability of the trophy hunting industry was recently posted on USA Today’s ScienceFair Forum. This study assessed the significance of lions to the financial viability of trophy hunting across five African countries – Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia - to help determine the economic impact and advisability of recently proposed restrictions to limit or ban the import o
We are proud to announce that Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, has won the Grand Prize in all categories and First Prize in the Nature and Societies Category from the 2011 Nature Images Awards for his photographs of the Endangered tiger, other wildlife and people that populate the grasslands of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. The prize-winning photos and stories from the 2011 Nature Images Awards will be published in the February edition of Terre Sauvage magazine, which will be available at the end of January.
A recent Africa Geographic magazine article entitled The Sacred and the Profane features the innovative leopard conservation work of Panthera’s Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, who is working to reduce demand for leopard skins among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church by creating an affordable and realistic faux leopard skin. Today, Shembe followers practice the Zulu tradition of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations.