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.
Panthera’s Jaguar Raffle Ends 7/31– Support Jaguar Conservation & Win a Stay for Two at Eco-Resort in Yucatan, Mexico
Panthera’s Jaguar Raffle will end tomorrow, July 31st. Get your tickets now for the chance to win a three night vacation at The Hacienda Chichen Resort & Eco-Spa in Yucatan, Mexico while supporting Panthera’s jaguar conservation initiatives! This opportunity has been made possible through a generous donation from our partners at Bare Essentials Magazine and The Maya Foundation in Laakeech.
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Dear Friend of Panthera,
Jaguars are the largest predators in the Americas. They need space to roam and prey to eat; but this is often where the problem begins.
As a veterinarian who has specialized in working on ranches for over 30 years in the Venezuelan Llanos, and now as Panthera's Jaguar Cattle-Conflict Manager, I have seen and experienced the frustration of losing livestock to jaguars and how this can impact livelihoods. But I've also seen how most people are looking for solutions for living with these big cats.
That's the best part of my job. I work with ranchers across the jaguar's range to implement solutions that help prevent conflicts and increase tolerance for living with these cats.
Our photo of the day features an incredible up & close snapshot of a jaguar inspecting Panthera's camera trap in the Central Belize Corridor. This corridor serves as the critical link between jaguar populations in Mexico & Guatemala, & all jaguar populations south of Belize. Learn more about Panthera's work to protect & connect jaguars like this through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative at http://bit.ly/aoyIJC
Dear Friend of Panthera,
You never forget the first time you see a big cat in the wild. You also never forget the first time you see one that's been poached.
Last year, I was in Belize with our Jaguar Program field team who were tracking radio collared jaguars, conducting camera trap surveys, collaborating with local people, and working to secure the Jaguar Corridor.
Dear Friend of Panthera,
Jaguars won another victory last week with the signing of an agreement between the government of Costa Rica and Panthera to protect the Americas' largest wild cat. Securing the Jaguar Corridor, which spans 18 countries in Latin America, has many starting points, such as: on-the-ground research to map where jaguars are, conversations with communities to learn where jaguars are moving through, and the involvement of local people in helping to reduce threats and to learn how best to live with these large predators.
MOU with Panthera Establishes Nation’s First Official Jaguar Conservation Framework
San José, Costa Rica – The Americas’ largest wild cat, the elusive and iconic jaguar, received a historic seal of protection yesterday with the official recognition of Costa Rica’s Jaguar Corridor and the establishment of the country’s first official jaguar conservation strategy.
Canon recently released a short film entitled ‘Man and Beast’ that portrays the life of Panthera’s CEO and wild cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, including why he has devoted his career to saving the world’s wild cats. Produced with a new and technologically advanced Canon Cinema EOS camera, the ten minute beautifully shot film features a powerful depiction of Dr. Rabinowitz’s childhood, during which he was faced with a debilitating stutter and sought solace in speaking to animals, that also had no voice. The film then moves on to portray Dr. Rabinowitz’s young adult life when he dedicated his career to saving and giving a voice to animals.
Watch the film here.
As featured on TIME's Ecocentric Blog
By Bryan Walsh
The near-threatened jaguar is the only big cat found in the Americas, and they’re usually quite shy. They have good reason—jaguars are hunted for their skins, and their jungle habitat is being cleared for agriculture. And now the cats face a new threat—growing plantations of oil palm, a commercial species that’s being raised chiefly for biofuels. Planting oil palm—which is becoming increasingly common in South America and Asia— involves clearing native jungle, and while the resulting plantations might resemble forests, the habitat is utterly changed. That can mean real trouble for the jaguars and other species that depend on the forest.
This image of a mother and cubs is one of the first photos of jaguars in a Colombian oil palm plantation taken by Panthera's camera traps. Placed in the 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. Panthera’s scientists are working to understand the implications of these habitat changes on jaguars and their ability to travel and reproduce, as well as the impacts palm plantations have on their prey species.
See more photos of these Jaguars in the Colombian oil palm plantaiton.