Panthera Founder and Chairman Dr. Thomas Kaplan recently spoke at a conference hosted by the Milken Institute about his passion for conservation, what Panthera is doing to protect the world’s most threatened big cats, and how The Global Alliance for Wild Cats is changing the game for wildlife conservation.
In March, conservationists celebrated the sighting of a young male lion in Batéké Plateau National Park in south eastern Gabon, where lions were believed
to be locally extinct.
Two weeks ago, Panthera and our partners at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee and The Aspinall Foundation issued a press release on the first videos of a lion taken in Gabon in 20 years, in a region where the species was believed by scientists to be “locally extinct.”
News is spreading quickly that lions may be making a comeback in Gabon after Reuters reported on a press release issued by Panthera, The Aspinall Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Pan African Programme last week.
By Dr. Paul Funston, Panthera’s Senior Director of Lion and Cheetah Programs
Dispersal is a fascinating and largely understudied aspect of lion ecology. Among other behaviors, Panthera has been monitoring the dispersal patterns of the Horseshoe Pride in the Zambezi region of Namibia for just over a year now, as part of a lion conservation project carried out with the Namibian Ministry of the Environment and the Kwando Carnivore Project.
Read Panthera’s February newsletter to learn about the new commitment made by the government of Colombia and Panthera to protect the jaguars of Latin America and watch video coverage aired by Al Jazeera English on this new development.
Besides elephants, lions are the quintessential symbol of wild Africa, used as icons of strength and power in national flags, coats of arms, historical and contemporary art, and logos of sports teams and private enterprises around the globe. However, few people realize that this iconic animal is under serious threat.
A new Panthera co-authored publication released by Oryx, the International Journal of Conservation, reports on how predators, like jaguars, and people compete for wild meat in Belize.
In just one week, you can make a powerful contribution to help secure the future of the world's wild cats in the New Year, and beyond.
On Tuesday, December 2nd, people around the world will celebrate #GivingTuesday - a one-day global movement dedicated to inspiring meaningful and charitable contributions to causes that are changing our world for the better.