The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
Give us your best caption for this adorable little lion cub, taken by Panthera's partner and wildlife photographer, Philip J. Briggs! Sadly, Lions have disappeared from over 80% of their historic range. But Project Leonardo is Panthera's solution to protecting and increasing the world’s remaining wild lions.
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See more of Briggs' beautiful photography at www.philipjbriggs.com
In honor of the first annual World Lion Day, held on Saturday, August 10th, Panthera will be celebrating Africa's iconic big cat all week! Help us highlight World Lion Day and raise awareness and support for the conservation of the world's wild lions by sharing Panthera's #WorldLionDay badge.
Two beautiful lionesses sparring in East Africa! Although the lion is one of Africa's most iconic animals, few people realize that the species has experienced massive declines in its population across the continent. Learn how Panthera is fighting to protect these magnificent cats throughout their range in Africa through Project Leonardo.
Natural History Magazine's latest cover story, 'Leo's Star Sets in the West,' takes an in depth look at the incredibly fragile state of lions in West and Central Africa and the causes that led to these devastating declines. The article features the critical lion conservation work carried out in these regions by Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, through lion population surveys from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to Nigeria, and beyond, to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Enjoy our photo of the day of an adorable lion cub in Davison Camp, Zimbabwe, who seems to be thinking "Hmmm…what should I do today?" Can you think of a better caption for this little guy? Send us your captions on Panthera's Facebook page
Learn how Panthera is working across Africa to protect and increase the world’s remaining wild lion populations through Project Leonardo.
National Geographic recently reported on a Florida restaurant's controversial sale of lion meat tacos, helping to renew the debate over the consumption of exotic meat. Read the article to hear what Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, had to say about why this practice threatens lions and humans handling lion meat, and why attention given to this issue would be better directed towards the conservation of the fewer than 30,000 wild lions that remain in Africa today.
Recently, Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, spoke with Times of India reporter, Atul Thakur, about the decision by India’s Supreme Court to translocate a group of Asiatic lions from Gujarat state's Gir forest to the Kuno game sanctuary in neighboring Madhya Pradesh state.
Read an interesting, extended Q&A with Dr. Hunter on this issue to learn about proper protocol in translocating big cats, including establishing a 2-3 month period of ‘pre-release captivity,’ the risks and challenges associated with relocation initiatives, and more.
Times of India Interview with Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on the Translocation of India’s Asiatic Lions
Last week, we shared coverage of the recent, controversial decision by India’s Supreme Court to translocate a group of Asiatic lions from Gujarat state's Gir forest to the Kuno game sanctuary in neighboring Madhya Pradesh state, along with comments from Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on why this relocation will benefit the world’s last 300-400 Asiatic lions.
Our photo of the day is a beautiful lioness resting in the shade in Zimbabwe. But there's no time to rest when it comes to lion conservation. Lions have disappeared from over 80% of their historic range. They exist in 28 African countries and one country in Asia and are extinct in 26 countries. Project Leonardo is Panthera’s solution to protecting & increasing the world’s remaining wild lions.