Dear Friend of Panthera,
After attending the signing of an historic conservation agreement between Panthera and the government of Guyana in Georgetown recently, I am filled with a new sense of hope for Latin America's jaguars.
Having spent more than fifty years working to conserve wildlife, I was struck by the significance of this occasion - for once we are not fighting on behalf of the last of a species or patch of forest, but are helping both a country and the jaguar towards a great and harmonious future.
And while I have seen how far we have come in preserving the species since the 1970s, when the rampant trade in jaguar pelts was brought to a halt, we still have so much to accomplish; and we need your support.
Enjoy our photo of the day of two jaguars, known as Wilson and Julianna by Panthera's scientists, resting in the Brazilian Pantanal! Panthera's Conservation Ranch Program Advisor, Rafael Hoogesteijn, took this photo just meters from the jaguars, which are being monitored through Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project.
Learn more about Panthera's Pantanal Jaguar Project.
Dear Friend of Panthera,
I just returned from an inspiring trip to South America, where I joined the government of Guyana in signing an historic conservation agreement, strengthening protection of the Americas' largest wild cat - the jaguar.
Stemming from Panthera's recent jaguar research in this little-studied region, this agreement with Guyana is more significant than we could have dared to hope for. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to work with government officials to help identify new protected areas for jaguars, and to inform policy-making to ensure that conservation is taken into account.
MOU with Panthera Launches Guyana’s First Jaguar Conservation Framework
New York, NY – The jaguars of Guyana gained significant ground yesterday with the establishment of the country’s first official jaguar-focused agreement by the government of Guyana and wild cat conservation organization, Panthera.
MongaBay Interview with Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, on the Making of Panthera’s short film, “My Pantanal”
A recent interview with Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, on the making of Panthera’s jaguar conservation film, ‘My Pantanal,’ has just been published on the environmental science website, Mongabay.
Read Andrea’s interview in the article entitled “Can Ranchers Coexist with Jaguars?” to learn how she became passionate about protecting wildlife, her career in wildlife conservation, Andrea’s decision to create ‘My Pantanal,’ her experiences filming in the Brazilian Pantanal, and her plans for Panthera’s next conservation film.
Earlier this year, the first ever photos of jaguars in a Colombian oil palm plantation taken with Panthera’s camera traps were released, including images of a female jaguar with cubs. Placed in the inter-Andean Magdalena River Valley, these camera traps were set to gather new data about the impact of Colombia's ever-increasing oil palm plantations on jaguars. And thanks to this insightful research, Panthera’s scientists were able to confirm that, at least in some cases, jaguars are willing to move through oil palm, which is a good thing for preventing genetic isolation of the species.
Panthera’s Jaguar Photo Wins Runner-Up Prize in 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards
We're excited to share that Panthera's camera trap photo of a jaguar mother and cubs in a Colombian oil palm plantation won the Runner-Up Prize in the New Discoveries category of the 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards! Garnering substantial media coverage earlier this year, this photo was one of several images taken with Panthera’s camera traps that provided the first photographic evidence of wild jaguars with cubs in an oil palm plantation in Colombia.
We're excited to share that Panthera's photo of a jaguar mother and cubs in a Colombian oil palm plantation, shown here, won runner-up in the New Discoveries category of the 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards! Among other nods, a picture of a giant pangolin by Panthera's Kaplan scholar Laila Bahaa-el-din was also commended in the Animal Portraits category.
‘My Pantanal’ – a film written and directed by Panthera’s Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, about Panthera’s ongoing jaguar conservation initiatives in the Brazilian Pantanal – has been announced as an Official Selection of the 21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the only film institute in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre.
A multicultural and intergenerational event, The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will be held October 12th-21st. ‘My Pantanal’ will be screened on Sunday, October 14th, at 1:25pm at Carmike Cinema 2.
‘Boots on the ground’ is a term commonly used to describe Panthera’s jaguar scientists. Representing the first, and arguably the last, line of defense for the jaguar, these researchers carry out intense and physically challenging fieldwork to protect jaguar populations across Latin America. This conservation work often involves trudging through thick jungle on foot, in trucks and by boat to set camera traps and monitor jaguar populations, assess and mitigate threats facing jaguars and partner with local communities.