Lion

22 Apr

Act for Wild Cats on Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day - Are you ready to act for wild cats? Read Panthera's 5 wild cat facts and encourage your family & friends to act for wild cats! Consider making a contribution to Panthera on Earth Day as well to support the future of big cats - our planet's ultimate ecosystem guardians. 100% of your donation will go directly to Panthera's field programs, where it matters most, to protect wild cats around the world.

16 Apr

Long Shields: Defending the Lions of Zimbabwe

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Over the course of history, the name ‘Long Shields’ has been used to identify various ethnic groups, communities and organizations in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe. Starting in the late 19th century, descendants of the Zulu Kingdom were first named ‘Ndebele’ (meaning “people of the Long Shields”) in reference to the Ndebele warriors’ use of a tall, rawhide shield for protection in battle.

Once referencing the armor of war, the term ‘Long Shields’ has since evolved, and now represents an altogether different type of protection carried out on behalf of the lions and local communities of southwestern Zimbabwe.

10 Apr

Just Released: Panthera’s April Newsletter

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Panthera has just rolled out our April newsletter, featuring the most recent news and updates from our wild cat conservation programs around the globe. Take a look to learn about the Panthera-supported ‘Long Shields’ project, which is employing local men and women - typically raised to hunt lions - to instead serve as protectors of lions and communities of southwestern Zimbabwe. Read a special contribution from Panthera’s Conservation Council member and actress, Glenn Close, on her reflections from a recent trip with Panthera’s team to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – first established with the help of Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, in the early 1980s.

03 Mar

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with Panthera

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Today, Panthera is excited to celebrate the first annual World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a day “to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.” We ask you to join with us in celebrating the world’s big cats, and other species, by signing up for our big cat email updates.

13 Feb

The Silver Lining for the Lions of West Africa

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In a press release published last month, Panthera outlined the results of a new report confirming that lions are now Critically Endangered and face extinction across the entire region of West Africa.

Led by Panthera’s Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, the study required a massive survey effort extending across 21 parks and 11 countries over a six year period. The results, unfortunately, are somber: today fewer than 400 lions remain in four isolated populations in West Africa, with only 250 of these being breeding adult lions.

08 Jan

Press Release: Lions are Critically Endangered in West Africa

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New York, New York - A report published today concludes that the African lion is facing extinction across the entire West African region. The West African lion once ranged continuously from Senegal to Nigeria, but the new paper reveals there are now only an estimated 250 adult lions restricted to four isolated and severely imperiled populations. Only one of those populations contains more than 50 lions.

12 Nov

Watch ABC Nightline ‘Living with 8 Lions’ Video featuring Panthera President, Dr. Luke Hunter

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Last night, Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, was featured on the ABC Nightline segment entitled ‘Living with 8 Lions.’ Watch the Nightline program to learn about a woman in South Africa living with 8 lions, along with leopards, servals, caracals and other wild animals in her home and in a private zoo, and see what Dr. Hunter had to say about the dangers associated with keeping wild animals as ‘pets’, the lack of contribution made by these operations to wildlife conservation and more.

11 Nov

ABC Nightline Tonight: Panthera’s President Discusses Lions in the Wild & Private Zoos

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Tune in to ABC's Nightline program tonight at 12:35am ET to see Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, discuss the state of lions in South Africa and across the continent, Panthera's work to conserve these big cats and others in the wild throughout Africa, and the dangers associated with private zoos and other organizations that keep lions, leopards and other cats as 'pets.'

Visit Nightline's website for further details.

02 Oct

Puma, Wilderness Safaris and Panthera Join Forces to Protect the Lions of Zambia

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New York, NY – Panthera, the leading wild cat conservation organization, has launched a new
initiative to protect lions in Kafue National Park (KNP) with support from PUMA, the renowned sports company, and premier African ecotourism operator, Wilderness Safaris.