Yesterday, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported on what many are calling a prime example of ‘animal altruism’ – the swapping of a grizzly bear cub by two grizzly mothers (identified with the numbers ‘610’ and ‘399’) in Grand Teton National Park. Last week, biologists were surprised to discover that a grizzly bear (’610’) with two cubs of her own had adopted one of three of her mother’s cubs (‘399’). While scientists continue to propose theories about why this swap occurred, including a potentially dangerous run-in between grizzly bear ‘399’ and a local male grizzly bear, Panthera’s Executive Director of the Jaguar Program and cougar expert, Dr
Read an interesting interview by The Responsibility Project with wild cat expert and Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to learn how Dr. Rabinowitz’s thoughts about conservation have evolved since the start of his career, what he believes is the new conservation paradigm and how Panthera is working to implement it, why he feels a responsibility to protect the earth’s wildlife, and much more.
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We are excited to share that for a limited time a portion of proceeds from the sale of Robert Vavra’s most recent book, Remembering Africa, will be donated to Panthera to support our global wild cat conservation projects. For the next several months, Panthera will receive 15% of proceeds from the sale of this book and customers will receive a 10% discount when they enter the code PANTHERA at checkout. 100% of contributions made from the sale of Remembering Africa will go directly to the field where it matters most.
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was interviewed live on the Connecticut Public Radio program, The Colin McEnroe Show, at 1pm EST today on the state of cougars (mountain lions) in Connecticut and in the Northeast United States region. A great deal of media attention has recently been given to a case that occurred last week involving a cougar that was struck and killed by a car travelling on a Connecticut highway. This event has fueled much debate on the status of cougars in Connecticut and throughout the Northeastern region of the U.S.
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.
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.
Press Release: Panthera Exec VP Luke Hunter Explores Conservation Best Practices at Bozeman Mountain Lion Conference
Panthera Executive Vice President Dr. Luke Hunter presented the keynote address at this year’s Mountain Lion Workshop in Bozeman, Montana, where he drew upon the expertise and results of long-term research projects like the Teton Cougar Project and others across the United States to demonstrate how conservation ideas developed for cougars in the US are being translated in South Africa to conserve leopards, with unique results.
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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.
Application Period Open – Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice by WildCRU of Oxford University
We are excited to announce that the 2012 application period is now open for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, delivered by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford.
WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David MacDonald, and since mid-2007 Panthera and WildCRU have partnered to offer the world’s leading university center designed specifically for research in wild felid conservation.