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.

26 Jun

Canon’s Short Film, ‘Man and Beast,’ Portrays the Life of Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz


Canon recently released a short film entitled ‘Man and Beast’ that portrays the life of Panthera’s CEO and wild cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, including why he has devoted his career to saving the world’s wild cats. Produced with a new and technologically advanced Canon Cinema EOS camera, the ten minute beautifully shot film features a powerful depiction of Dr. Rabinowitz’s childhood, during which he was faced with a debilitating stutter and sought solace in speaking to animals, that also had no voice. The film then moves on to portray Dr. Rabinowitz’s young adult life when he dedicated his career to saving and giving a voice to animals.

Watch the film here.

22 Jun

Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Interviewed for AFP Article – ‘Lions on the Loose in Kenyan Capital’s Urgan Jungle’


The AFP article, "Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle" reports on recent human-lion conflicts that have arisen in and around the city of Nairobi due to lions wandering into suburbs situated near protected wildlife reserves, including Nairobi National Park. Panthera’s President and lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, was interviewed for this article to explain the root of these conflicts, including an ever-increasing human population, encroachment into lion habitat, and poor livestock husbandry practices.

04 Jun

Litters of Lions: New Photos of Cubs in Zambia


We are thrilled to share that a lion pride monitored by the Kafue Lion Project (KLP) team in Zambia's Kafue National Park has just welcomed at least eight new cubs to their pride! Just days ago, from a safe distance, the KLP team observed three lion cubs with their mothers at a den site, and days later saw what appeared to be five additional cubs at another den site. In addition, the KLP team's scientists believe there could be even more cubs as it appears that five of the six adult lionesses in the pride are lactating.

Click here to see photos of the lion cubs.