On November 21st, the World Bank’s International Forum for Tiger Conservation will kick off in St. Petersburg, Russia, bringing together a large group of international government officials, policy makers, conservation organizations and other stakeholders to discuss what needs to be done on the ground to save the endangered tiger. Panthera Executive Vice President, Dr. Luke Hunter, released a statement explaining Panthera’s position, and what Panthera alternatively believes will actually prevent the extinction of the tiger.
This past weekend, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Panthera’s President and CEO, joined host Boyd Matson on National Geographic Weekend Radio to discuss his life-long love of animals, his first encounter with the jaguars of Belize and the relationships he built with local ranchers to stop the hunting of jaguars, setting up the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar, and other exciting stories. Listen to the podcast below to learn about Dr. Rabinowitz’s conservation work and adventures over the years.
Got plans for the weekend? Tune in to National Geographic Weekend Radio this Sunday at 12pm EST on XM/Sirius channel 133 to hear Dr. Rabinowitz, Panthera’s President and CEO, discuss his life-long love of animals, his first encounter with the jaguars of Belize and the relationships he built with local ranchers to stop the hunting of jaguars, setting up the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar, and other exciting stories. The program will also air Sunday in Washington, D.C. on 1500 AM at 10pm EST and at different times this Sunday on various AM/FM stations throughout the country.
This year the Panthera supported Living with Lions program held the first-ever Lion Guardian Games – an exciting tournament in which the Lion Guardians, Maasai traditional warriors, - competed in three events, including stick and spear throwing and soccer. Watch a video and see a photo gallery of the Guardians participating in the events and celebrating their achievements with traditional Maasai festivities!
Today, we want to take you inside a traditional Indian homestay to show you where Dr. Tom McCarthy stayed during his research trip to Rumbak Village. See the colorful tea pots and furniture that adorns one homestay and learn about how this Himalayan homestay project is operated for tourists, particularly eco-tourists like Tom, using numerous houses throughout the village. Also get a glimpse at a parabolic heater provided to the village’s homestays and cafes that allows villagers to heat their food and water without using a good deal of their local fuels.
We begin this week’s “Trekking with Tom” posts with an up close look at a predator proof corral in India’s Rumbak Village. Listen to Tom explain how these corrals are made, and how something as simple as mesh wiring prevents snow leopards from getting into enclosures. Local villagers who predator-proof their corrals, are finding it easier to live with snow leopards. Which benefits everyone, including the snow leopard!
Learn more about our snow leopard conservation program at http://www.panthera.org/programs/snow-leopard/snow-leopard-program.
Our last “Trekking with Tom” video of the week shows the impressive mountains surrounding India’s Rumbak Village (one of the first stops on Tom’s snow leopard research trip through India) and the stunning valley that cradles this community. See how people live, and where snow leopards roam, in an area that reaches an altitude of just over 13,000 feet!
We hope you have enjoyed the first week of our “Trekking with Tom” blog posts. This was our first video blog and we’d love for you to tell us what you think of the series, so far, on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/pantheracats.
Protecting the Livestock and Livelihoods of India's Villagers from the “Trekking with Tom” Blog Series
So far, we have brought you stories and video interviews from Snow Leopard Program Exec. Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy’s research trip to Tajikistan, where he spent several weeks this summer working to build Panthera’s relationships with local conservation organizations and communities and gather data to help shape Panthera’s snow leopard conservation strategies in the region. After travelling through several remote villages in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, Tom ventured to Ladakh and then Leh, India before heading into the remote Rumbak Village to carry out more research on villagers attitudes towards and interactions with snow leopards.
For our third “Trekking with Tom” blog post, we wanted to share a short video of a group of men sharing a typical meal in Tajikistan. The meal takes place in a beautifully adorned room involving four men eating, talking, having tea….and trying on hats, of course! Take a peek at this video to learn about traditional Tajik dress, including fashionable hats known as toqis, and the elaborate rugs and wall hangings that make up this home’s colorful décor.
Yesterday, we introduced the “Trekking with Tom” blog series that will be used over the coming weeks to share photos, videos and tales from Dr. Tom McCarthy, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director’s, research trip through Tajikistan and India this summer. On the second day of the journey, we bring you Tom’s fascinating interview with a local herder who has lived in a remote village in Tajikistan for 76 years and whose father was the number one hunter in the region (over tea, of course). Watch this short interview to learn about one Tajikistan man’s rules for hunting and to hear stories about the relationships his family has had with snow leopards - their “hunting brothers.”