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.
Thanks to a huge outpouring of support from our fans, Panthera has just won a $10,000 Chase Community Giving grant that will go to support the protection of jaguars and their habitat across Latin America!
From September 6th-19th, the Chase Community Giving program allowed the public to vote for their favorite charities on Facebook to receive a portion of $5 million in grants, distributed to the 196 charities with the most votes. Competing against thousands of other organizations, Panthera urged our supporters to cast their votes and share news of the contest with friends and family in person, via email, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Thanks to these efforts, Panthera earned 1,455 votes and placed 142nd out of 196th!!!
Panthera’s Historic Agreement with the Costa Rican Government to Protect Jaguars Featured in The Costa Rica Star Newspaper
The Costa Rica Star newspaper recently reported on Panthera’s historic agreement, made this July, with the government of Costa Rica to protect the Americas’ largest wild cat – the elusive jaguar.
Earlier this summer, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), Dr. René Castro, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and MINAET, in San José.