Posted by Dr. Luke Hunter
Panthera is always on the lookout for interesting stories to share from our scientists, researchers, and partners to document their favorite encounters with big cats in the wild. Read Panthera President Dr. Luke Hunter's tale of encountering a jaguar at night in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park, equipped with nothing more than a pair of shorts and a Maglite flashlight.
Panthera and Rogers Family Company are excited to announce that ‘Rare Find’ was selected as the winning name for the ‘Panthera Jaguar’ coffee blend in the Rogers Family Company's "Organic Coffee Co" brand lineup. Recently, Panthera and Rogers Family Company held a ‘Name the Panthera Jaguar Coffee’ contest on their Facebook pages. Four names submitted by fans were chosen as the finalists, after which a voting period was held. The three runner-ups include “Uproar,” “Spot On,” and “Jaguar Java.” We would like to extend a warm ‘Congratulations’ to all of the winners! Click here for prize details.
Panthera Film ‘My Pantanal’ Selected as Finalist for Best Children’s Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about our ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has just been selected as a finalist (one of three films) in the Best Children’s Program category at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The Festival is internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the nature genre, and this year a record 510 films from over 30 countries were submitted for 22 category awards.
This short video clip shows a beautiful jaguar grooming himself on a riverbank in the Pantanal – a region in western Brazil, on the border with Bolivia and Paraguay, that is home to the world’s largest wetland and the highest density of jaguars. The video was taken during the filming of My Pantanal – a short Panthera film told through the eyes of a 10 year old boy, Aerenilso, who lives on a conservation ranch in the Pantanal. With as many as 2,500 ‘fazendas’, or ranches, the Pantanal is home to nearly eight million cattle, and is therefore also a hotbed for conflict between local ranchers and jaguars.
Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative spans 13 of the 18 jaguar range states in Latin America. One of these being Belize - home of the Central Belize Corridor that serves as the critical link between jaguar populations in Mexico and Guatemala, and all jaguar populations south of Belize. Situated on the Caribbean Sea, Belize experiences a rainy or ‘green’ season
, from June to November, and a ‘dry’ season from November to May, which locals have fittingly called the ‘fire season.’
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.
Read more about Dr. Rabinowitz.
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 has created downloadable report cards that summarize the current state of tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards and what Panthera is doing to protect these wild cats. Learn about population estimates, the extent of their historic and current range, the primary threats they face, and the programs that Panthera is carrying out around the globe to conserve these big cats. Download and print these report cards and share them with your friends and family.
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.