Fostering and cultivating the next generation of wild cat scientists is a key component of Panthera’s mission. As such, Panthera maintains a number of award, grant, fellowship and prize programs, including the Kaplan Graduate Awards, the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation (LCAOF) Jaguar Research Grant Program, the Small Cat Action Fund, and the Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation. We’re excited to announce that Panthera’s 2013 applications and Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for these programs are now open:
Press Release: New Strides in Wild Cat Conservation - Panama and Panthera Establish Historic Jaguar Protection Agreement
Panama-Panthera Agreement Launches Nation’s First Officially Recognized Jaguar Conservation Strategy
Panama City, Panama – A significant victory was achieved for the future of jaguars this week with the establishment of an historic conservation agreement by the government of Panama and Panthera, a global big cat conservation organization.
Africa's great cat, the magnificent lion, is facing a poaching crisis.
The lion is the latest species swept up in the insatiable trade in wildlife for the Asian 'medicinal' market. As tigers become scarcer and the number of consumers explodes, the poachers are hunting further afield. South Africa's lion breeders now sell lion bones openly to Chinese markets. Wild lions have a new value to local people- dismembered as parts and pieces, to sell into the same trade routes that end on restaurant tables in China.
Natural History Magazine's latest cover story, 'Leo's Star Sets in the West,' takes an in depth look at the incredibly fragile state of lions in West and Central Africa and the causes that led to these devastating declines. The article features the critical lion conservation work carried out in these regions by Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, through lion population surveys from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to Nigeria, and beyond, to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Last week, The New York Times published an interesting article on the recent resurgence of cougar populations in various regions of the country.
Read the article to learn about the rise and fall of 'America's lion' over the centuries and see comments from Panthera’s Teton Cougar Program Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, on cougar conservation and the role of science in ensuring a future for the species below.
Last year, the Winston Cobb Memorial Fellowship was launched to support the professional growth of early career wild cat conservationists. Created by Panthera supporter Rami Cobb, the annual Fellowship awards $10,000 to an exceptional young conservationist to undertake a three to six month field-based wild cat conservation internship.
This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day. Support big cats and honor your ‘king of the jungle’ with a Panthera gift, including:
Panthera is excited to share that pre-order sales have begun for the new National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat, by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this gorgeous book will go to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, to help ensure the survival of the species long into the future.
Out of all the big cats, the tiger is the most threatened by poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. The trade in their body parts commands a high price, where every piece of a tiger - its skin, bones, claws, teeth and eyeballs - has a price-tag. Even the soil under the carcass of a tiger has value. This market has already wiped out tiger populations throughout much of Asia, and has left others hemorrhaging. Today, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from over 100,000 a century ago.
While the consumer behavior of millions that is supporting this trade must be changed, the tiger is running out of time. We have to protect those that remain in the wild now; we must stop the bleeding. And we need your help.