17 Oct

Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Featured in The Wall Street Journal's "Lessons From a Real Wild Cat"


Football, or any kind of sport, isn't the typical topic of choice during media interviews with Panthera's wild cat scientists. Recently, however, Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, spoke with a sports reporter from the Wall Street Journal to share lessons that can be learned from wild cats and applied to American football. Read the article to learn about the New York Jets and Tim Tebow’s use of the 'wildcat formation' and how the Jets might be able to improve their offense by taking a look at the successful ‘plays’ of wild lions.

Read the article, ‘Lessons from a Real Wild Cat.’

15 Oct

Photo of the Day

Patrick Meier

Enjoy of photo of the day of two cuddly lions in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park! Did you know that lions have vanished from over 80% of their historic range?

Visit our 'Meet the Lion' page to educate yourself on the state of the species.

Want to help Panthera protect Africa's lions & their habitat? Make a donation or start a fundraising campaign.

See more wild cat photos on our Photo page and on Flickr.

12 Oct

A Maned Lioness, Explained – Part II

Ryan Green

Yesterday, we received some questions/comments about the authenticity of our photo of the day showing a maned lioness in Botswana‘s Okavango Delta. Today, we’d like to share another, more telling photo of this maned lioness, specifically her backside, to alleviate any doubts about this lioness’ gender.

Be sure to read an explanation from Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on the science behind this maned lioness, featured on National Geographic’s NewsWatch.

11 Oct

Photo of the Day - October 11, 2012

Deon De Villers

Check out our cool pic of the day of a maned lioness in the Mombo area of Botswana‘s Okavango Delta! Read an explanation from Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on the science behind this lioness's mane posted by National Geographic @ Read more here

03 Oct

Photo of the Day

Neil Midlane

Our photo of the day shows a sprightly lion mid-leap! Share your best caption for this photo on Panthera's Facebook page!

Learn cool cat facts about lions.

Learn more about Panthera's work to protect lions like this one through Project Leonardo.

See more wild cat photos on our Photo page and on Flickr.

16 Aug

Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Discusses Captive Lion Breeding Projects with Matador Network


A recent article published by Matador Network entitled "Is Zimbabwe's Lion Encounter a Misdirected Conservation Program?" features reporter Roni Weiss’ investigation of Lion Encounter – a ‘walking with lions’ operation run under the umbrella of ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. After participating in a Lion Encounter excursion, including walking with and taking photos and videos with a group of captive-bred lions, Mr. Weiss consulted Panthera's President and lion scientist, Dr.

10 Aug

Photo of the Day

Luke Hunter/Panthera

Our photo of the day is a stunning image of two Red Lechwes at sunrise in Zambia's Kafue National Park. Antelope like the lechwe are common in Zambia and share habitat with the African lion. Today, Zambia is 1 of only 7 countries estimated to have more than 1,000 wild lions. Panthera supports The Kafue Lion Project (KLP) in Zambia to protect these big cats.

Learn more about The Kafue Lion Project (KLP).

Learn more about Panthera's Project Leonardo.

03 Aug

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter: Captive Lion Reintroduction, a 'Conservation Myth'

Luke Hunter

This op-ed originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Business is good for the "lion encounter" industry. There are now dozens of these operations across Africa that sell close encounters with captive lions. Starting at $60 for "a precious twenty minutes" of cub cuddling, and climbing to more than $3,500 for a month of paid "volunteering," anyone can pay to play with young lions and pose for photos to show the folks back home.

31 Jul

Press Release: New Report Finds Captive Lion Reintroduction Programs in Africa Operate Under 'Conservation Myth'


New York, NY - A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx concludes that commercial 'wildlife encounter' operations across Africa promoting the reintroduction of captive lions do little to further the conservation of African lions in the wild.

02 Jul

The Huffington Post Publishes Op-Ed by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on ‘How to Live with Lions’


The Huffington Post recently published an interesting op-ed by Panthera's President & lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, on 'How to Live With Lions'. Read the op-ed below and on Huffington Post’s Science blog to learn what Dr. Hunter has to say about the recent killing of six lions near Nairobi brought on by villagers seeking retribution for the loss of their livestock, Africa's booming human population & the resulting encroachment into traditional lion habitat. Find out how these conflicts can be avoided and learn which innovative lion conservation project Dr.