Panthera has just released our May newsletter, and we’ve got a long list of exciting stories from the field and news about our latest partnerships. Read about how Panthera’s camera traps helped bring poachers to justice in India, DisneyNature chose Panthera as a way to get involved in saving African Cats, a dedicated field assistant in Mozambique collected lion scat to help build himself a new roof, and more on Panthera’s 'Let Lions Live' campaign, education opportunities for conservationists, and our latest partnerships with Velo Enterprise and David Mayer Sculpture!
Panthera is proud to share that we have partnered with sculptor David Mayer whose love of wildlife has encouraged him to use animals as the subjects of his artwork. Most recently David launched a bronze lion sculpture, pictured here. Other sculptures portray the jaguar, leopard, elephant, otter, hare and other animal species. In order to help conserve the animals upon which his artwork is based, David has generously volunteered to donate 10% of proceeds earned from the sale of his 'Lion,' ‘Jaguar,’ and ‘Leopard’ sculptures to Panthera, and to a variety of other conservation organizations.
Just last month, in partnership with the Karanambu Trust, Panthera initiated our first ever jaguar conservation and research activities in the Rupununi region of central Guyana. In order to learn more about the possible presence and distribution of jaguars in this region, Panthera jaguar scientist Dr. Esteban Payan and Dr. Evi Paemelaere set up 16 camera traps 1.5 kilometers apart on the Karanambu Ranch – a region that extends for 125 square miles and that is home to forests, riparian forests, savanna habitats and a 40-mile stretch of the Rupununi River.
Today is Earth Day – an international day of advocacy and celebration of the magnificence of our Earth, and the equally incredible wildlife it supports. On this day, as the citizens of the world are encouraged to make ‘A Billion Acts of Green,’ Panthera asks that you also pledge to help us make 'A Billion Acts for Big Cats.'
The big cats of this Earth – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars – serve as critical ecosystem guardians for our planet. The presence of these apex predators indicates healthy ecosystems that support thousands of plant and animal species, including people.
When you act for big cats, you act for yourself, and for all animals on the planet.
The Panthera-produced film, My Pantanal,has recently been accepted into two prestigious Film Festivals – the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference to be held March 28th-31st in Cape Town, South Africa and the Newport Beach Film Festival to be held from April 28th - May 5th in Newport Beach, California.
The 68th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYI) awarded its Global Vision Award to Steve Winter, Panthera’s Media Director, for a collection of 40 photographs of the wildlife and people that populate the grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Among the captivating images are a tiger staring down the camera amidst the tall grass, curious one-horned Indian rhinos and blindfolded poachers, apprehended for targeting rhinos for their horns and tigers for their body parts, on their way to interrogation at the park’s ranger station.
In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz suffered from a severe stutter as a child and worked through his hardships in a most unusual way. Here is his story in his own words.
Blog Post by Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Featured on CNN's Human Factor Blog.
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, at 1pm for Panthera’s first live web “Cat Chat” to hear Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and Executive VP, Dr. Luke Hunter, discuss the state of the jaguar and what Panthera is doing to conserve the America’s most iconic big cat. Be sure to submit your questions for the “Cat Chat” during the event at www.panthera.org/live.
We are proud to share that over the next six months, the Panthera-produced film, 'My Pantanal,' will be featured on the National Geographic Kids website. Written and directed by Panthera's Managing Director, Andrea Heydlauf, this short film tells the story of a little boy, Aerenilso, who lives on a cattle ranch in the Brazilian Pantanal - the world's largest wetland. While jaguars in the Pantanal have typically been hunted by ranchers protecting their cattle, Aerenilso shows what it is like to live on a conservation ranch where Panthera's scientists are working with the Pantaneiros to show that ranching and jaguars can share this incredible landscape.