In a new Voice of America (VOA) radio segment, Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Phil Henschel, shares interesting insights from a recent Panthera-led study on the state of lions in Senegal, and all of West Africa. Listen to the segment or read the VOA article to learn about some of the last West African lions living in Senegal's Niokolo Koba National Park, threats facing lions in the region, including bush-meat hunting, and what is needed to save Senegal's and West Africa’s last lions.
Check out this adorable lion cub pic just shared by Panthera's Lion Program Senior Director, Dr. Paul Funston, from the Zambezi region of Namibia! Today, the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is home to one of the largest lion populations in Africa. Given its significance for the future of the African lion, Panthera launched a lion conservation project in Zambezi this year with the Namibian Ministry of the Environment & the Kwando Carnivore Project. Read up on this cub's pride, consisting of two lionesses known by locals as ‘Thelma and Louise,’ other prides in the region and Panthera's work to protect them.
A new article by Australian newspaper, The Age, entitled ‘No Time to Lose for Lions,’ reports on a Panthera-led study released in January confirming the dire state of the estimated 250 adult lions left in all of West Africa. Featuring an interview with the study’s lead author and Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator Dr. Philip Henschel
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.
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.