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.
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.
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.
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.
Lion Conservationist Shivani Bhalla Awarded 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation
Panthera is excited to announce that lion conservationist and PhD candidate, Shivani Bhalla, has been awarded the 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read Mongabay's new article, 'Protecting predators in the wildest landscape you've never heard of,' to learn about the wild cat conservation work of Ruaha Carnivore Project Director, Dr. Amy Dickman, in Tanzania's Ruaha landscape with the local tribal Barabaig community, and with support from Panthera. Also check out the interview with Amy to learn about her background, what makes the Ruaha landscape so spectacular, what draws her to big cats, in particular, and more.
Learn more about the project @ http://ruahacarnivoreproject.com/.