Our February newsletter has just been released, featuring stories of Panthera's involvement in a wildlife trafficking case in Gabon, the latest study confirming the status of the Asiatic cheetah, the 2011 Kaplan-Rabinowitz Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation awardee, Panthera's 'Name the Jaguar' contest, and more.
It’s not all cat-fancy working to save big cats in the wild. In fact, our field researchers undergo some pretty harsh conditions – and the wet season in the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland in Brazil, is no exception. The Pantanal can flood as high as 8 meters during the rainy season (October – April) – conditions in which mosquitoes thrive. But Panthera’s field scientists understand that there’s no off-season for saving cats. Check out this video of Dr.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we have the perfect gift for your loved ones – a Panthera e-card! Our e-cards feature beautiful photographs of big cats with Valentine’s Day messages that you can personalize for a minimum of a $5 donation per e-card. Choose your card now and let your special someone know that you care about them, and big cats!
The New York Times has just released an article and video describing how an animal ‘refuge’ in Bolivia allows tourists to walk with jaguars, cougars and ocelots on leashes through the forest. In an exclusive interview, Panthera’s Executive Vice President, Dr. Luke Hunter, told the New York Times that “the problem [is they] get an enormous amount of publicity…but in fact…refuges like this don’t actually do much to conserve the animal they say they are protecting.” Read on to learn what else Dr.
This past Sunday, Panthera was featured on the exclusive CBS "60 Minutes" program, In Search of the Jaguar: Up Close and Rare. In case you missed it, watch the “60 Minutes” segment now to follow Panthera’s team of jaguar experts through the Brazilian Pantanal – the world’s largest wetland that is home to the world’s highest density of jaguars – as they track and collar jaguars, and learn how Panthera is protecting the elusive jaguar through the
This Sunday, January 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Panthera will be featured on the exclusive CBS "60 Minutes" program, In Search of the Jaguar: Up Close and Rare.
Through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, Panthera’s Costa Rica-based jaguar research team has taken on a new and unique four-legged partner named Google. Google, or as we like to call him “the ultimate search engine,” is a three year old, 76 pound German shorthaired pointer who is being trained for Panthera by Carlos Orozco of the Hablemos de Perros organization to identify and locate jaguar scat (feces) in the rainforests of Costa Rica.
Last week, Gabon's water and forestry and defence ministries arrested five vendors at Mont Bouët market in the Gabon capital of Libreville after attempting to sell 12 leopard skins, 1 piece of lion skin, 1 African golden cat skin, the head and hands of an endangered gorilla, 12 chimpanzee heads, 30 chimpanzee hands and five elephant tails. Intelligence about the vendors had been provided by the local wildlife law enforcement NGO Conservation Justice, and as the arrests were made, Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Philipp Henschel, who is based in Gabon, was called in to help identify the confiscated felid skins.
A new study published in the journal Molecular Ecology reveals that the last remaining 70-110 Asiatic cheetahs now confined to the Iranian plateau are genetically distinct from the African cheetah, and are the last living representatives of the Asiatic subspecies. These data confirm that cheetah populations found in northern-east Africa & Asia are markedly different from cheetah populations occupying southern Africa. These developments demonstrate the urgency of the conservation of the Asiatic cheetah.
With fewer than 3,200 left in the wild, tigers are by far the most endangered of the big cats, and in order to ensure a future for the species, Panthera is working to educate young generations about the threats facing tigers and why it is important to save this enigmatic and declining species. This month, Panthera is featured in a weekly interactive newspaper for children called The Mini Page, which is included in nearly 500 newspapers in the US and abroad and is used to educate children about a variety of topics both in the classroom and at home using stories, pictures, drawings, puzzles, and other games.