Read Panthera’s June newsletter to learn about how Panthera's Leopard Program Coordinator made the 2011 Mail & Guardian 'Top 200 Young South Africans' List, the record-breaking work being done in Mongolia to uncover the secret lives of snow leopards, Panthera's Father's Day e-cards, the successful bust by Brazilian authorities of an illegal hunting operation in the Pantanal, and how Panthera’s scientists’ are using cougar conservation best practices to protect the leopards of South Africa. Also read up on Panthera’s latest partnerships, events and publications.
J. Panther Luggage Co. is an upscale luggage company whose beautiful products are designed and tested in New York City and hand-crafted and finished by New England artisans. The company’s name references the ‘panther,’ otherwise known as the cougar or mountain lion in the United States, whose range extends throughout North, Central and South America. As a sign of recognition and appreciation for the use of this big cat’s image and name, J. Panther Luggage Co. has generously chosen Panthera as their non-profit partner, and are currently making ongoing quarterly donations to support Panthera's wild cat conservation work.
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Panthera's Facebook page is a hub where we engage in conversations with our community about our global wild cat conservation projects and the latest issues impacting the world's big cats. We want you to be a part of our Facebook community and engage with us in this fascinating dialogue. 'Like' Panthera on Facebook to get the most up to date news about wild cat conservation and see the stunning wildlife photos we share with our fans every day.
If you're already a fan of our page, post a status update on your Facebook wall or send a message to your friends to encourage them to join Panthera's community.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation
We would like to announce that Panthera is now accepting applications for the 2011 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation. Each year, Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council awards a prize to a special individual who has made a significant contribution to conserving wild cats, and who represents the next generation of scientists, conservationists, policy makers, politicians and planners who will pave the future of wild cat conservation. The prize winner is someone who has and will continue to work tirelessly to contribute, in a significant way, to the conservation of wild cats.
Panthera applauds the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Federal Police on successfully uncovering an illegal hunting operation using ecotourism as its cover, which organized illegal jaguar and puma hunts for tourists paying up to R$40,000 (24,748 USD). The regional office of IBAMA Corumbá fined the ranch owner and tour operator R$105,000 (65,016 USD) for the crime of illegally hunting wildlife for tourism purposes.
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We are thrilled to announce that Panthera surpassed its goal of raising $30,000 in a 30 day period through the ‘Let Lions Live’ campaign to conserve the fewer than 30,000 remaining lions in Africa. Thanks to a generous donor, every dollar of the more than $30,000 raised for the ‘Let Lions Live’ campaign has been matched.
The U.S. Postal Service has recently created a new Save Vanishing Species stamp that will benefit wild tiger conservation. Available in September at post offices and at the Wildlife Conservation Society (a Panthera partner) including the Bronx Zoo, the stamp will cost 55 cents - 11 cents more than a first class stamp. Net proceeds from the sale of each stamp will be donated to conservation projects supported by the U.S.
Dear Panthera Supporters,
I am excited to share with you that we have surpassed our goal for the 'Let Lions Live' campaign. To date, we have raised more than $30,000 for the remaining wild African lions, and there are still four days left!
Each dollar raised for the 'Let Lions Live' campaign is being matched by a generous donor who has been so inspired by your outpouring of support that he has decided to match all donations, up to any amount, until the end of the campaign on Friday, May 27th.
Panthera has recently named our newest Junior Ambassador – a seven year old from White Plains, New York named Grace, who is dedicating her creative talents to wild cat conservation. According to her mom, Grace’s fascination with the natural world started when she was just 3 or 4 years old when she insisted on saving every bug that fell into their pool. An afternoon of splashing around with her twin brother quickly turned into a massive rescue mission, with Grace trying to airlift every six-legged victim to safety.
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.