Panthera’s December Newsletter is out and features results and our thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support for #GivingTuesday. Read how we’ll be unveiling the Secret Lives of Cats on Panthera’s new ‘Cougar Channel’ and be sure to sign up for updates as to when this will launch. Learn about the threats and challenges to the lions in the Zambezi, and checkout Panthera's Photo of the month, as well as recent scientific publications, and other news.
Read Panthera’s December newsletter.
Human ‘selfies’ are all the rage this year (photos of oneself, taken by oneself), and recently Live Science gave a nod to the ‘Best Wild Animal Selfies’ in a new photo gallery published here. Among the ‘best wild animal selfies’ is this great camera trap photo taken through the Panthera-Fauna & Flora International snow leopard conservation project carried out in Tajikistan.
The December edition of National Geographic Magazine features an interesting article entitled ‘Ghost Cats,’ which highlights the evolution of the cougar and the state of the species today in North America, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project and individual cougars studied through this project, and photos of wild cougars taken by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. Among Winter's photos is a stunning image of a cougar set against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ Hollywood sign.
Read ‘Ghost Cats’ on National Geographic’s website.
Dear Panthera Supporter,
We did it.
Panthera set a goal of raising $250,000 in ONE day – on #GivingTuesday – to be matched 1 to 1 by a group of generous supporters.
And because of you, and your outpouring of support, not only did we reach our goal, we surpassed it.
Because of you, more than $500,000 raised on #GivingTuesday will go towards Panthera’s field programs, where it matters most, to protect big cats around the globe.
As the holiday season kicks in to full gear, be sure to check out Panthera’s e-store for great holiday gifts for the family, friends, co-workers and others.
Panthera’s Vineyard Vines ties featuring fun big cat graphics top the list of our most popular merchandise, and the latest additions to our e-store include jaguar paw necklaces and cufflinks, all made in silver and gold.
Other great products for those that enjoy the outdoors include our field shirts, hats, short and long sleeve t-shirts, water bottles, tote bags and more.
Panthera and Partners Bring Home Awards from the 2013 BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Camera Trap Photo of the Year Contest
We are thrilled to share that Panthera and our partners have brought home a number of awards from the 2013 BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Camera Trap Photo of the Year Contest. The photo above showing a snow leopard scent-marking against a rock in the snow on the Tibetan Plateau was chosen as the winner in the Animal Behavior category. Another snow leopard photo (below) taken as part of Panthera’s and our partners’ conservation efforts in China was commended in the Animal Portraits category. Both photos were taken with a camera trap set by Juan Li of Peking University, in collaboration with Shan Shui, Panthera and the Snow Leopard Trust.
For those of you who attended this week’s Tigers Forever presentation at National Geographic Live, and for all of our fans, we wanted to share this message from Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, on how you can help ensure a future for the endangered tiger.
We’re excited to share that Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have released new footage of an African golden cat in Uganda’s Kibale National Park, as highlighted in a recent WCS press release. To capture this up-close footage, field scientists sprayed Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men cologne on a remote camera trap to attract this cat, which immediately made its own scent-mark on the camera trap. This and other ongoing research of the African golden cat has produced surprising findings, including the fact that these cats are not strictly nocturnal as previously thought, but “cathemeral” – active both night and day.
Last Friday, Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, was interviewed on CBS Evening News to discuss his latest photographs of wild cougars snapped in California’s Griffith Park, in the Hollywood Hills. Watch the three minute segment to see incredible photos of wild cougars, including an image of a cougar with Los Angeles’ Hollywood sign in the background!