Just weeks ago, Panthera's 'faux leopard fur' project in South Africa, lead by Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson, was featured on CNN's Saturday morning news program. CNN anchors T.J. Holmes and Nadia Bilchik discussed how Dickerson has developed an affordable and realistic faux leopard fur and is working with leaders of South Africa's Shembe Baptist Church to replace real leopard skins worn during cultural and religious celebrations by Shembe followers (approximately 5-11 million members currently exist). We are excited to share the following transcript of the CNN segment with you.
Due to changes in scheduling, the CNN segment featuring Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project in South Africa will air this week, rather than last. The program will focus on Panthera's 'faux leopard fur' project, lead by Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator Tristan Dickerson, which is alleviating one of the most pressing threats to leopards in the region.
Panthera’s Leopard Conservation Work Featured in South African Newspapers - ‘The Mercury’ and ‘BusinessDay’
A South African newspaper, The Mercury, has just released an article on the work of Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, to create a faux leopard skin that he will soon present to members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations.
The innovative leopard conservation work of Panthera Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, to create a faux leopard skin is featured in today’s BusinessDay newspaper. This newspaper is based in South Africa where Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project is also headquartered. Read the article to learn how leopard skins are in increasing demand among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, which has adopted the Zulu practice of wearing spotted cat fur (mainly leopard) during religious celebrations.
Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.
In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.
In a recent article, ‘Leopards Losing Out to Bushmeat Hunters in Competition for Prey,’ Mongabay reports on a new study, co-authored by Panthera’s Dr. Luke Hunter and Dr. Philipp Henschel, demonstrating that bushmeat hunters in the Congo Basin Rainforest are out-competing leopards for the same prey species. Mongabay reported that while hunters are not directly targeting leopards, they are in fact indirectly depleting leopard numbers by hunting their preferred prey species, including medium-sized herbivores like forest antelopes and bush pigs. Read the full Mongabay article for more information on this fascinating study.
Panthera Press Release: New Study Sheds Light on Threats Facing Leopards in the Congo Basin Rainforest
A new study led by Panthera Lion Program Survey Coordinator and leopard expert, Dr. Philipp Henschel, in cooperation with the Universities of Oxford, Stirling and Göttingen, has identified a new threat to Africa’s dwindling leopard populations: direct competition with human bushmeat hunters for the same food. Henschel’s study of leopards in the Congo Basin rainforest, published in the September issue of the Journal of Zoology, suggests that bushmeat hunting by people may drive declines in leopard numbers by removing their food base - in ecological jargon, exploitative competition for prey.