Valentine's Day is just one week away! Give your loved ones a gift that will help save wild cats around the world. Adopt a cat in honor of a loved one and get a minimum of one photo of your adopted wild cat species each quarter, an update on the wild cat tracked by Panthera’s scientists or an update on the activities undertaken in the area where your cat is from each quarter and more!
You can also support big cats and let your loved ones know you care about them by sending one of Panthera’s beautiful wild cat Valentine’s Day e-cards!
Now through April 7th, a group of 25 professional artists have volunteered to donate a percentage of sales of their artwork to support Panthera's tiger conservation initiatives. Organized by Panthera supporter and artist, Regina Case, this auction is being held online through the newly released website "Art Helps the Planet" @ http://bit.ly/yaPOiX. The paintings posted online will also be on display at the C Street Hall Gallery in Eureka, California beginning in early April. Auction bids can be made now online or in person at the C Street Hall Gallery in April.
Panthera congratulates Cat Advisory Council member and long-time Panthera partner, Dr. Ullas Karanth, on receiving one of India's most prestigious civilian honors, the 2012 Padma Shri Award, for his outstanding contribution to Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Protection. Now considered to be one of the world's most preeminent tiger experts, Dr. Karanth serves as the India Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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.